Tree Comes Crashing Down at Norwich Animal Shelter

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014  |  Updated 7:10 PM EDT
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No one was hurt when a large tree fell on the building but it's closed temporarily and all animals are being housed elsewhere.

No one was hurt when a large tree fell on the building but it's closed temporarily and all animals are being housed elsewhere.

A tree came crashing down on the Norwich Animal Control kennel during high winds and rain on Tuesday.

Five dogs are being put up at the Norwichtown Pet Resort & Spa after a tree split the roof of the animal shelter, showering the animals with debris.

"I heard a giant boom and went about three feet up out of my chair," said Norwich Animal Control Officer Michele Kellough, who was there at the time.

Kellough said at first she thought the building had been hit by a truck, but then she checked on the dogs and realized what had happened. She explained that styrofoam was pouring from the ceiling and it was "raining indoors."

The kennel had just enough room for the displaced dogs.

"It's spring break right now, so we're pretty full," said Megan Forstin, who works at the spa.

The dogs are safe and there's even a silver lining – people have expressed interest in adopting some of the shelter dogs.

At least three are still looking for permanent homes. All adoptions must go through Norwich Animal Control.

The tree was removed from the roof of the animal shelter yesterday, according to The Day of New London. There is no estimate on how much damage was caused. 

The Day reports that it could be weeks before the repairs are complete.

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