Animal Control agency helping families who left pets behind

Pets in flooded areas of the Midwest are finding shelter while waiting to be reunited with their owners.
    
Derk Wright of Union County Animal Control in southern Illinois says about 20 dogs and cats have been rescued from flooded areas since Thursday.
    
Wright says he plans to take a boat Saturday through flooded areas, which includes farmland, to look for other stranded animals, including a mother donkey and babies on a high knoll in Alexander County.
    
He says officials plan to feed livestock for now and look into the possibility of moving them, although that would take special efforts like tranquilizing them.
    
The animals are being kept at the animal control’s shelter, though fairgrounds where there’s a barn could also be used if there are more animals. He says he’s working with Alexander County officials.

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