Snow causes barn roof to collapse on exotic animal sanctuary

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COLLAPSED BARN. CAROLINE: LIONS, TIGERS, SLEEPING BEARS AND WOLVES. SOME OF THE ANIMALS THAT CALL VALLEY OF THE KINGS ANIMAL SANCTUARY HOME. BUT IT WAS ABOUT A DOZEN FARM ANIMALS INCLUDING A BLIND HORSE , NEARLY BURIED MONDAY. WHEN THEIR BARN ROOF COLLAPSED UNDER THE WEIGHT OF SNOW. >> WHEN […]

COLLAPSED BARN. CAROLINE: LIONS, TIGERS, SLEEPING BEARS AND WOLVES. SOME OF THE ANIMALS THAT CALL VALLEY OF THE KINGS ANIMAL SANCTUARY HOME. BUT IT WAS ABOUT A DOZEN FARM ANIMALS INCLUDING A BLIND HORSE , NEARLY BURIED MONDAY. WHEN THEIR BARN ROOF COLLAPSED UNDER THE WEIGHT OF SNOW. >> WHEN SHE TOLD ME THE ROOF COLLAPSED THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT OF WAS THE ANIMALS, YOU KNOW, ARE THEY SAF CAROLINE: SOME OF THE ANIMALS WERE SCRAPED UP EMPLOYEES SAY THEY WERE MOSTLY OK. ONCE FIRE CREWS HELPED CLEAR THE DEBRIS. >> WINDING THEM UP AND CATCHING THEM TO BRING THEM INTO THE OTHER BARN TO KEEP THEM WARM, THAT WAS TORUBLESOME. CAROLINE: LENA THE TIGER HERE MAY BE INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT WE’RE DOING, BUT SHE WASN’T IMPACTED BY THAT ROOF COLLAPSE, BECAUSE SHE WASN’T HOUSED IN THE SAME BARN, THANKFULLY, AS THOS OTHER ANIMALS WERE. IN FACT, NONE OF THE EXOTIC ANIMALS WERE AFFECTED, ASIDE FROM GETTING A LATE LUNCH. >> SHES MAD WE HAVENT FED HER YET BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS SITUATION. CAROLINE SANCTUARY OFFICIALS SAY THE BARN WASN’T INSURED. AND WILL LIKELY COST AROUND $75,000 TO REBUILD. >> I’VE JUST BEEN SCRAMBLING AND A NERVOUS WRECK TRYING TO GE FUNDRAISERS GOING, PICTURES FROM EVERYBODY TO GET THEM OUT THERE SO WE CAN START RAISING MONEY. CAROLINE: THEY’RE HOLDING THE ANIMALS FROM THE BARN IN TEMPORARY ENCLOSURES FOR NOW. IN WALWORTH COUNTY, CAROLINE REINWALD, WISN 12 NEWS. JOYCE: OWNERS OF THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS ANIMAL SANCTUARY SAY THE BARN WAS NOT INSURED BECAUSE OF HOW OLD IT WAS. WE HAVE A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE TO THEIR FUNDRAISER TO HELP REBUILD

Snow causes barn roof to collapse on exotic animal sanctuary

The exotic animals were not impacted, but about a dozen farm animals were inside the barn when the roof caved in


About a dozen farm animals were displaced when a barn roof collapsed from the weight of the snow. It happened on Monday at Valley of the Kings Animal Sanctuary in Walworth County. The sanctuary houses exotic animals, as well as farm animals. Three goats, three llamas, three potbelly pigs, five cows and a blind horse are all accounted for after the roof of their barn caved in. Sanctuary employees said the fire department helped remove debris to rescue the animals. The blind horse was scraped up a bit, but owners say it was not badly injured.The sanctuary is also home to exotic animals such as tigers, lions, bears, wolves, emus and other large cats. The exotic animals were not impacted by the barn collapse because they are housed in a different part of the sanctuary grounds. Valley of the Kings officials said the barn was not insured because of how old it was, and a new barn will likely cost around $75,000. “When she told me the roof collapsed, the first thing I thought of was the animals, you know, are they safe,” said Susan Reinholz, who is a board director for Valley of the Kings Animal Sanctuary. “I’ve just been scrambling and a nervous wreck trying to get fundraisers going, pictures from everybody to get them out there so we can start raising money.”Officials said to help rebuild the barn, people can donate on the sanctuary’s Facebook, to the sanctuary’s GoFundMe, or make a check out to Valley of the Kings and take it to Associated Bank, where the sanctuary has a construction fund setup.

About a dozen farm animals were displaced when a barn roof collapsed from the weight of the snow.

It happened on Monday at Valley of the Kings Animal Sanctuary in Walworth County. The sanctuary houses exotic animals, as well as farm animals.

Three goats, three llamas, three potbelly pigs, five cows and a blind horse are all accounted for after the roof of their barn caved in. Sanctuary employees said the fire department helped remove debris to rescue the animals.

The blind horse was scraped up a bit, but owners say it was not badly injured.

The sanctuary is also home to exotic animals such as tigers, lions, bears, wolves, emus and other large cats.

The exotic animals were not impacted by the barn collapse because they are housed in a different part of the sanctuary grounds.

Valley of the Kings officials said the barn was not insured because of how old it was, and a new barn will likely cost around $75,000.

“When she told me the roof collapsed, the first thing I thought of was the animals, you know, are they safe,” said Susan Reinholz, who is a board director for Valley of the Kings Animal Sanctuary. “I’ve just been scrambling and a nervous wreck trying to get fundraisers going, pictures from everybody to get them out there so we can start raising money.”

Officials said to help rebuild the barn, people can donate on the sanctuary’s Facebook, to the sanctuary’s GoFundMe, or make a check out to Valley of the Kings and take it to Associated Bank, where the sanctuary has a construction fund setup.

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