Lightning believed to have led to death of two dogs at Darlington County Animal Shelter

Lightning believed to have led to death of two dogs at Darlington County Animal Shelter

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Officials with the Darlington County Animal Shelter believed a lightning strike from Monday's strong storms resulted in the deaths of two dogs.

According to shelter director Holley Fambrough, workers arrived on Tuesday and discovered a tree had fallen next to the cat habitat.

Once inside, workers found two dogs dead in their kennels, Fambrough said.

She added a staff member went to open a kennel and received a small shock, which led employees to believe the animals were electrocuted.

Fambrough said the belief is lightning struck somewhere outside and traveled into metal attached to a metallic rafter with wiring that touches both the fences of the kennels.

The two dogs were taken to a veterinarian for a necropsy and shelter officials are awaiting those results.

According to Fambrough, the shelter has about 100 dogs and 130 cats.

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