by Victor Lopez
MIDLAND--Whispering Pine Kennels breeds, raises, and trains hunting dogs. They also house rescued animals and exotic birds. Owners knew something was wrong when the dogs started acting strangely, but nothing could have prepared them for what they woke up to early Thursday morning.
"We knew immediately, when we started seeing the damage, that we were in trouble," owner Cindy King, said.
An eight inch tree and a power pole were snapped in two. Kennel roofs were ripped off and sent flying. Despite the damage, King says her first concern was for the animals, "You know, we can replace anything. We love our animals. That's the most important thing to us to make sure that they were safe and no one hurt and to get them out of harm's way."
The wind was so strong, it pulled power lines right out of the sockets, leaving the kennel with no power or water and the Kings with a big mess, "We're still picking up debris. We got the biggest share that was actually in trees and stacked up against the other kennels."
According to King, rebuilding won't be quite as easy, since much of the sheet metal is useless. And since they have no insurance, it will be an out of pocket expense. "We're looking, probably between $1,700 and $2,500 for that section of the kennel."
With 30 dogs and puppies, 5 resuced wolves plus exotic birds to take care of, King says they'll do whatever it takes to get back on their feet, "The animals come first and we will make allowances however we need to, to repair and do what we need to do to take care of the animals. That's our first concern."
Fortunately, all of the animals were accounted for and none were hurt in the high winds. The only thing damaged was the kennel.