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January 14. 2014 9:31PM

Reopening

Frozen pipe repaired, Manchester Animal Shelter plans reopening celebration


Zoey, who's up for adoption, is back in the kennel after repairs were made to burst ceiling pipes at Manchester Animal Shelter. The shelter will hold an open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to thank volunteers and supporters. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Manager Shelley Greenglass points out the new ceiling in the kennel at Manchester Animal Shelter on Dunbarton Road. The shelter just reopened after pipes burst in the ceiling earlier in the month sending debris and water on the dogs. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Assistant Manager Samantha Stein wrangles Lily in the newly renovated hospital room at Manchester Animal Shelter on Dunbarton Road. The shelter just reopened after pipes burst in the ceiling earlier in the month. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Animal Shelter is open to the public again after a burst frozen pipe sent about a dozen dogs to live in temporary quarters for up to 10 days.

Donations from businesses and physical labor from volunteers helped in making repairs, buying paint and covering the cost of replacing damaged dog beds, food and animal toys, according to shelter manager Shelley Greenglass.

The shelter is hosting a reopening celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

"We're inviting a lot of the volunteers who helped out with repairing, and we're hoping a lot of those volunteers will be there and get to meet the public and show some tours," she said.

Restaurants, retail stores and individuals donated a couple thousand dollars worth of supplies, items and food for volunteers.
The burst pipe happened Jan. 3, causing ceiling tiles to collapse and kennels to flood. The shelter reopened Monday.

"We didn't want the public in the building until they were done," Greenglass said.

She said she didn't know the estimated amount of the damage.

Staff cared for about 40 cats who remained at the shelter while it was closed.

Five of the 11 dogs that were relocated Jan. 3 didn't return to the shelter, finding permanent homes instead, she said.

They included Hefty, an Anatolian shepherd mix hit by a falling ceiling tile. A Massachusetts family adopted him.

A Merrimack family adopted Elvis, a beagle, while Reagan, a wheaten terrier, went to a Manchester home.Donors included Home Depot in Hooksett and Manchester, Walmart in Derry and Raymond and more than a half-dozen local restaurants, including Pappy's Pizza & Family Restaurant on Elm Street.

"My daughter is an animal lover," said co-owner Kassha St. Jean, referring to her adult daughter, Ashley.

mcousineau@unionleader.com


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