Downtown power outage leaves pets in danger at Stray Rescue

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The rising temperatures and downtown power outage left workers at the Stray Rescue Animal Shelter scrambling to find ways to beat the heat and keep the dogs and cats cool.

With the temperatures rising quickly inside the shelter at 23 rd and Pine, those at the shelter were in desperate need of folks to help the four-legged tenants: about 200 dogs, several elderly and sick, that couldn’t possibly stand the heat.

"Dogs handle the heat horribly. We've already had at least a dozen heat-related illnesses since the heat wave. It kills them,” said Randy Grimm, founder of Stray Rescue.

The shelter needs ice, water, battery operated fans, and flashlights. Some locals were more than willing to lend a hand, going so far as to adopt a dog for a day, like Alderman Christine Ingrassia (6th Ward).

"I saw Randy Grimm's tweet. I'm the alderman for this area and I wanted to do whatever I could to help the dogs; they're an important part of the community," Ingrassia said.

City Communications Director Maggie Crane made some phone calls and eventually tweeted out that an area Home Depot had provided a generator to Stray Rescue.

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