Hattiesburg, Miss – Severe storms in the Pine Belt have created a 12 foot deep landslide, potentially damaging Southern Pines Animal Shelter.
The landslide is located on the back of the shelter and has already destroyed a portion of the dog walking trail that surrounds the shelter property. According shelter board member James Moore,several large trees were standing at the same level as the building, but heavy rain over a month ago caused the ground to shift. The slope has gotten several feet closer to the 5,000 square foot kennel building since the landslide began.
Moore said the concern is that the landslide will threaten the corner of the main kennel building. If more ground is lost to the landslide, it could affect the concrete slab which contains the underground plumbing and drainage system,potentially shutting down the shelter.
The main kennel houses 40 runs, an adoption office, vet tech treatment room, sick animal room, supply room, laundry room and staff restrooms.
Moore said they’ve received estimates but it’s beyond their budget. The temporary fix involves dumping concrete pieces and dirt into the pit, which could build the landslide back to its original height. This option is least expensive, costing roughly around $13,000-$14,000. The long-term option involves building a retaining wall and filling the landslide with dirt; it also doubles in cost.
With rain in the future, staff members are considering this an emergency as it could threaten shelter operations.
Donations to assist Southern Pines Animal Shelter can be made on their website or mailed to P.O. Box 2021, Hattiesburg, MS 30403-2021