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HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (KTHV) - The recent blast of frigid weather could be extremely dangerous for some animals in a West Helena shelter. Shelter officials and volunteers at the Humane Society of the Delta are both frustrated and concerned over a local dispute that is delaying a new facility opening. The shelter takes in animals from Phillips County and surrounding counties.
Local farmers donate barrels of hay for dogs in outdoor cages, which are protected only by a metal roof. Dozens of animals inside the shelter are without heat.
"The potential for a dog to die of exposure will be pretty high tonight, from what I understand," said Beth Florek with the Delta Humane Society." We've been lucky enough to be able to tread water out here with this facility. But we're not going to be able to tread water much longer."
A new building, built through a USDA grant, sits empty on the property. For five years, shelter officials have said they haven't been able to get any money from the city to purchase the building.
Right now, the shelter lives off donations. To make a donation or learn more about the Humane Society of the Delta, visit its website at http://www.humanesocietyofthedelta.org/ or call (870) 228-2859.