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Video Captures Trees Falling Near Cat Rescue During Storm, Two Cats Still Missing

SPRING HILL – Last night, several homes and vehicles were damaged as a line of strong thunderstorms moved across Hernando County. The majority of damaged was contained to a few residences along Alloway Ave but one viewer says the storm nearly destroyed a cat rescue located off Spring Time Street.

According to Tracie Steger who operates PAW Warriors Cat Rescue, strong winds associated with the storm caused several trees to fall near the enclosure that houses over 100 cats.

Steger provided RNRF with terrifying video of the incident that some say may have been a small tornado or powerful straight-line winds, which can reach up to 80 mph. Steger’s video clearly shows at least two large trees collapsing when a strong burst moved through.

Volunteer Nicole Lobdell says damage to the enclosure allowed several cats to escape but most have returned and are okay, however, two remain missing. Lobdell says a lot of the items the cats use, like tents, hammocks, umbrellas and tarps were all damaged and need to be replaced.Steger says the event was terrifying and that “knowing all the cats were scrambling out was the worst.” The roof fencing and coyote rollers need to be mended as soon as possible, says Steger, but several volunteers have already stepped forward to help with the cleanup.

Over the past 6-years PAW Warriors has spayed and neutered 3,400 cats, says Steger, and that the only help they get is through private donations and a few small grants.

“There were a lot of racked nerves and few wet kitties but all in all we were very lucky to escape harm and more severe Damage,” says Steger.

If you would like to help PAW Warriors you can contact them on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/PAWwarriors/

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO WATCH VIDEO OF THE STORM

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  • YO TRISH! please don’t take it personal……………… i was making a point! if you are more worried about 1-300 cat’s whatever the #?…………………….. then i personally think you might have your priorities outta whack, now again opinions are like? ………………..ya got me? as has been said many times by many a folk……………..animals today have ( more rights than a human being, and sometimes have complete priority over a human life, do the homework and research it’s THE TRUTH! l.o.l.! POLE CAT!, too funny this is the maybe the 2nd ever reply i have gotten to my comments, i love kitties ( had 1 for 17 yrs. but you (crazy) i will call you this…………. people that i see daily going in homes many of you hoard animals to save them and probably not all but on many of these homes i wan’t to wear a hazmat suit) let loose of this and realize you can’t save (kitty planet) l.o.l.! please send the kitty’s there! l.o.l.! pole cat, funny, i think you got me? ! peace!

    Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 11:18 pm
  • TRISH, why would you say that to surerdude? So let me get this straight, you would be more worried about CATS than your own flesh and blood?? Sounds like you come from a very disfunction family. Btw I hate cats!! Have a nice day now, ya hear.

    Sunday, 25 June 2017, 11:16 am
  • Surfadude what kinda Heartless home did you crawl out of have a heart

    Saturday, 24 June 2017, 9:14 pm
  • REALLY!!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, THAT’S WHY THE FRAZE THERE ARE NO ATHIEST’S IN A FOXHOLE!! STORMS CAN BE SCARY BUT GEEZ! OK………….I GET IT, I LOVE CAT’S TOO BUT. I’D BE MORE WORRIEDABOUT MYSELF FAMILY AND ROOF OVER MY HEAD THAN DAMN CAT’S! OMG OMG OMG OMG!!

    Saturday, 24 June 2017, 12:19 pm

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