Va. Beach SPCA closes after 7 broken water pipes causes damage

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Beach SPCA was closed Tuesday after a water pipe broke and damaged its IT department.  It is set to reopen on Wednesday, January 10th.

The shelter’s main location was forced to close early Monday because of the situation.  The good news is that all of the animals are safe, but it’s been a stressful few days at the SPCA.

“Panic,” said Clinic and Facilities Director of the VB SPCA Emily Peck.  “It was the worst possible room for it to happen.  As I was opening the door, you could just hear the water gushing down.”

Inside the IT room was the phone system, internet system, electronic files, shelter database, and clinic database.  Peck said, “It’s crippling to us.  We can’t open the shelter or the clinic side without the use of the IT equipment.”

But that’s not the end of it.  As crews were working on the IT room yesterday, they found three other burst pipes: over the conference room, the clinic, and the puppy kennel.

“It’s pretty significant,” said VP of Philanthropy Kimberly Sherlaw.  “We had to trace the water pipes throughout the shelter to make sure that everyone was safe and sound.”

On Tuesday, a pipe over the boiler room became burst number seven, forcing them to shut the water off to the entire building.

Sherlaw said, “When you have 20 puppies you can only imagine, they’re fairly messy, so having water available in order to properly clean, to also keep disease prevention, and to keep them warm, safe, and dry.  So it’s very important.”

They’re not sure how much the damage will cost because they’re still working to see what they can salvage.

In a Facebook post Monday, the shelter said the animals were safe, but they were in need of donations of towels, blankets, sheets, and 5-gallon jugs of water.

You can drop off donations at the main shelter.