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Storm-hit Crosskennan Lane sanctuary needs £8k for repairs

By Laura Abernethy

A Co Antrim sanctuary is having to turn animals away as it needs £8,000 to repair the damage caused by Storm Frank.

Floodwater swept through Crosskennan Lane animal sanctuary just days after Christmas, destroying presents for the animals and vital food and bedding.

Although the floodwaters have subsided, some areas remain unusable.

It is now appealing to supporters to help raise the money to repair the damage and increase the flood defences.

A neighbouring farmer has agreed to divert some of the water onto his land, which has reduced the bill, but the sanctuary still needs to raise £8,000 for the work.

Spokeswoman Janice Watt explained: "We've had to look at how to get a long-term solution for this as this isn't the first time this has happened, but it is getting worse. It's left us in a state of limbo and it's certainly hindering our rescue work extensively because those areas can't be utilised. It has paralysed the main core of the sanctuary.

"It couldn't have happened at a worse time as this is our busiest time of year for animals being dumped out after Christmas. We're getting a lot of phone calls from people wanting us to take in unwanted Christmas pets but our hands are tied until we get this work done. It is heartbreaking."

To help Crosskennan, visit http://www.crosskennanlane.org.uk/ or donate at http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/crosskennanlaneanimalsanctuary/winterappeal

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