Updated 6:27 p.m.
Plight of Animals in East Village Buildings Unreported in Media Accounts of Aftermath of Explosion
The East Village explosion that occurred Thursday afternoon (March 26) destroyed three buildings, countless homes, businesses, possessions, and possibly lives. There are two known missing persons. It is a terrible tragedy, especially because it appears landlord actions led to the horrible tragedy.
Unreported from media accounts has been the missing animals. Clearly there were cats, dogs, maybe birds in those buildings impacted. They matter. They are part of people’s lives. They live their own lives. Pretty much every media report has omitted any mention of their existence, yet point to possessions that were lost. Sadly, there are two people, Nicholas Figueroa and Moises Locon, who remain missing.
What about the animals that were trapped, could likely not escape the buildings or may be hidden somewhere? This should have been within the original reports. Did anyone escape with their animals? More than three animals are unaccounted for from the buildings (and there are probably more). Perhaps they are in the rubble or perhaps they found a way to flee.
Update 6:27 p.m. Daily News report ups number to 7, possibly more:
Residents were also searching for their missing pets. At least seven cats were unaccounted for, one resident said.
Here are photos of missing cats posted in the neighborhood — Sago, and Laszlo and Lulu; the latter two lived in one of the adjacent buildings.
If my cats were missing, I would be looking high and low for them and would hope others would as well (look in basements, stairwells). A scared cat will flee (if possible) and then hide.
I also read that there is a dog missing – at least one – but I do not have info on it. I will add it to the post if I find it.
Laszlo and Lulu (top photo): Call Yvonne, 212/777-3492 or 311 and ask for Animal Care & Control (ACC), the cats are microchipped
Sago (bottom photo): call 212.982.4589 or 212.979.1799
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FOLLOW-UP post: Impact of East Village Explosion on Building Animals — At least 7 Cats and 1 Dog Known Missing, How To Help, MARCH 31, 2015