HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A landslide at Southern Pines Animal Shelter caused by recent heavy rains has wiped out a dog walking trail and is threatening to seriously damage the foundation of the shelter's main building.
Shelter Board members and staff are asking for donations of money or labor to make repairs, which they said could cost from $13,000 to $50,000.
"The lowest estimate I've received so far is simply a temporary fix to come out and back fill this and that was around $13,000," said James Moore, vice-president of the Board of Directors of Southern Pines Animal Shelter. "We have someone else who's looking at the possibility of a retaining wall, which everyone agrees is the long term solution, and that could be several times that cost."
The landslide, which happened about six weeks ago, is only a few feet from the main kennel building, which is about 5,000 square feet and has 40 dog runs.
It also houses treatment and sick animal rooms, laundry and supply areas and staff bathrooms.
They also said if further erosion is not stopped, severe damage to plumbing could occur, which could shut down the facility.
"With the weather that we've been having lately and the weather we're forecasted to have, it's just getting worse almost on a daily basis," said Katherine Sammons, shelter operations manager. "So, this is an emergency for our shelter."
If you would like to donate, you can visit the SPAS website, or you can mail donations to P. O. Box 2021, Hattiesburg, MS, 39403-2021.