Washington D.C. – On Monday, multiple dogs at a doggy daycare facility in Washington D.C. died when flood waters overwhelmed the structure, causing a wall to collapse. The tragic incident happened at the District Dogs business on Rhode Island Avenue.
At a press conference, EMS Chief John Donnelly said:
“The emotions, it’s hard to watch; it’s unbearable. This is losing a member of your family or being scared that you did.”
According to WUSA9 News, rescuers were able to save 20 dogs from the facility, but it is unknown how many perished. According to local news coverage of the tragedy, this facility has experienced flooding, including three times in one month last year.
Newscaster Lesli Foster said there are questions about how this happened from a “run-of-the-mill storm in August.”
Jacob Hensley, the dog daycare business owner, released a statement on Twitter:
“The District Dogs Family is heartbroken over the events that occurred at our Rhode Island Avenue location this evening. We appreciate the quick and heroic actions of our employees and first responders to rescue animals. We are focused on doing everything we can to support the impacted employee and customers during this difficult time. We have no further details at this time, while we continue to work with DC officials reviewing the incident.”
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