Donated labor, equipment making landslide repairs possible at Southern Pines

Donated labor, equipment making landslide repairs possible at Southern Pines

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some generous folks across the Pine Belt are working together to repair a landslide at Southern Pines Animal Shelter that wiped out part of a dog walking trail and almost damaged the facility's main building.

Shelter board members said a contractor, who wants to remain anonymous, has donated equipment and labor for the project.

His crew has been working for three days to build a new slope, which board members said should repair the slide.

A few weeks ago, heavy rains caused a substantial part of the property to break away.  The slide was only about 12 feet from a building which houses dog runs and treatment rooms.

The work crew suspended its work Thursday to bring in more dirt and wait for rainy weather to end. Board members said when work resumes, the project could be finished in three or four days.

They said a local excavator is providing the dirt and the engineering firm of Shows, Dearman & Waits is donating its services.

"After Christmas is a tight time of the year for most folks and we're just really touched that this help has come forward," said James Moore, vice-president of the Board of Directors of Southern Pines Animal Shelter.

They said about $15,000 in donations was raised for the project. That money will now be used for ongoing maintenance and any additional issues related to the landslide repair.

The shelter has been closed temporarily until the work is completed.