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Wall collapses on shelter worker

STILLWATER, Okla. – A worker was trapped after the walls of a Stillwater animal shelter came crashing down.

It happened this weekend at the Humane Society of Stillwater.

Fortunately, the worker is OK and all of the animals were outside at the time. However, the shelter is now scrambling, searching for a place to put all those animals.

The walls which collapsed were cinder block dividers which somehow became detached from the walls.

Jackie Ross-Guerrero, the director of the humane society, said, “We went from being able to house over 50 dogs to being able to house 15.”

The walls came tumbling down Saturday morning as a crew worked to clean the kennels.

Surveillance video from that morning shows as one worker leans over to tie her shoe. She then opens a kennel and in a flash the wall crashes on top of her.

Jackie said, “It was like a domino effect they all came down.”

Fortunately, the fire department is right next door.

Firefighters rushed over, lifting the wall so she could climb out.

The shelter was housing 27 animals at the time. They have since been forced to find emergency foster homes for as many as possible.

Although, several pups are still without a place to call home. They are staying in the few kennels left in an area usually just for pups who are under observation.

The humane society is now waiting for engineers to come survey the damage to tell if the building can be repaired.

Jackie said, “It’s going to cost quite a bit of money to get this back up and going.”

In the meantime, they are looking to the community to help them continue to save animals in Stillwater.

Jakie said, “This is going to be a process and it’s going to take time.”

One interesting note, workers tell us they did feel an earthquake about an hour before the collapse. However, they are not sure if that played a role.

If you would like to help the Humane Society of Stillwater financially or adopt one of the animals you can find more information on their need at the Humane Society of Stillwater website.