IFAW rushes water rescue teams to New York State following Hurricane Irene

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011
Yarmouth Port, MA
Rescuers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) mobilized to Cobleskill, New York today to conduct small and large animal water rescue operations in flooded areas in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Responding to a request from the State of New York, IFAW is deploying two trained water rescue teams and a 36-foot rescue trailer - funded by a grant from Petfinder.com Foundation - carrying boats, dog crates, capture equipment and other supplies.

“Irene is not done with us yet. At least 30 stranded horses need our help right now and we know a large number of companion animals will also need rescue, food and shelter,” said Dr. Dick Green, IFAW’s Disaster Manager.

Four days after Irene made landfall on the East Coast, the media is reporting that four towns or villages in New York are still submerged and close to 5,000 people remain in shelters. Residents are experiencing fresh flooding after river levels rose dramatically during the last 24 hours in New York, New Jersey and Vermont. Six people have died in New York State bringing the total to 44 deaths in the U.S. as a result of Hurricane Irene.

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