Kittens still missing after transport van crashes in Jackson Co. Ill.

Updated: Dec. 17, 2019 at 5:12 PM CST
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JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - Volunteers searched for animals that went missing after a crash in Jackson County, Illinois.

Staff with Wright-Way Rescue Admission and Medical Services Campus said a van transporting 45 animals was involved in a crash on Tuesday morning, December 17 at Route 13 and Country Club Road.

According to the director of the shelter, a car hit the transport van.

The transport vehicle was cut apart during the crash and all of the crates holding the animals were destroyed in the crash.

At first, eight animals were missing. By Tuesday evening, the last dog, Bailey, was found; however, three black kittens were still missing.

Bailey, the last of the missing dogs, was found safe. (Source: Holiday Wagner)
Bailey, the last of the missing dogs, was found safe. (Source: Holiday Wagner)(Holiday Wagner)

Since the early morning hours, volunteers from the community and the shelter hit the streets looking for the missing animals. Individuals, groups and pet lovers braved the cold temperatures to help out.

One Marion woman witnessed the aftermath of the crash on her way to work and came back to search.

“People really do care, if you just ask...they are there, you just have to ask for help,” Christy Anderson, shelter director, said. “I think they’d do it whether it’s animals or people.”

The shelter needs help finding the kittens. They ask that you put out food or fresh water or provide shelter by leaving your garage door open a little for the homeless pets.

Anyone willing to help search is asked to stop by the shelter in Murphysboro. You can call 618-208-1509 for more details.

The shelter is raising money for a new transport vehicle and new plastic transport crates to replace the ones destroyed in the crash.

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