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Storm leaves New London shelter in shambles


A New London animal shelter has been partly condemned from Hurricane Sandy, but volunteers continue to care for a few dogs while repairs are being made. 

During the superstorm, a tree fell on the top of the building and since the incident, no repairs have been made to the building, volunteers told Eyewitness News. 

"I'm extremely frustrated by this situation because I don't think it's fair to the animals here," said shelter volunteer Wendy Eckholm.

Eyewitness News toured the building Monday where debris was scattered around the facility and the ceiling was caved in.

Three dogs, one of which has been adopted, are currently staying at the facility.

"If you get really cold weather here they will find water that is frozen in the bowls in the morning when they come into feed and clean," Eckholm said.

The city of New London is in charge of the facility and the mayor said they haven't gotten any Federal Emergency Management Agency or insurance money.

But once they do, the goal is to build a no-kill shelter for the region.

"When the other facilities filled, one of the recommendations was to euthanize the animals and we didn't want to go with that option so this has been a short term temporary fix to a long term problem," said Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio.

Before Sandy, the shelter housed 14 dogs and about six cats and volunteers said they want the facility fixed. 

"I think they need to have a local facility," Eckholm said. "It makes people more apt to come."

After hearing the story, FJS Building & Remodeling LLC. in Fairfield has already offered to donate the labor if enough money is raised to purchase materials.

Tax-deductible donations are being accepted in hopes to rebuild the facility. Anyone interested can call the Animal Welfare League of New London County at 860-447-9363.

The other two dogs can be adopted by calling the New London Animal Control at 860-447-5231. 

Both dogs, which are a blue-nosed pitbull and boxer, passed temperament tests.

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