Shelter offered for animals stranded in flooding

Christy Dimond

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Shelter offered for animals stranded in flooding

CREATED Sep. 26, 2013

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - The recent rainfall is making it difficult for animal owners in North Fort Myers.  Under the state of emergency declaration announced today, the Lee Civic Center will be open as a shelter for large farm animals.  The news comes as a relief to Pete Labarge, owner of PWR Stables in North Fort Myers, whose property is underwater. 

"It's driving my horses crazy not being able to go out and it's driving me crazy because I can see they're stressing so much," Labarge said. 
Usually, his 20 horses roam around on more than ten acres of property but have been cooped up in the stables for the last few weeks.  All the water also means Labarge can't offer horse rides, which is the primary source of his business.  
"We just shut it down, we have no income now except for boarding," he said. 
Neighbors describe the flooding as the worst they've seen it. 
Anyone wanting to bring their animal to Lee Civic Center should contact Jeannie Brawn at 239-340-8239.  Here's some other important information to know: 
  • Use Gate #2 off of Old Bayshore Rd to access the Civic Center.
  • Current coggins paper must be presented for each horse at time of entry.
  • Owners are responsible for the care of their animals and cleaning of stalls daily.
  • Animals must stay in assigned stalls; arenas may be used for exercise areas only.
  • Gate #2 will be open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for care of animals.