Woman, animals killed after crash into SPCA building in Delaware

Marco Green
July 9, 2017

Emergency workers treat animals following a deadly night auto accident at BVSPCA's New Caste shelter.

- A driver was killed when she crashed into the Brandywine SPCA in DE shortly after midnight, Sunday.

The vehicle ripped through the building, leaving a hole which has now been cut into a square, killing three cats and causing a fire.

Latoya Cooper, identified by family at the scene, died about 12:15 a.m. Investigators did not immediately give a cause for the crash. Emergency personnel and volunteers removed 100 animals from the burning building. Two cats needed emergency veterinary care; one died from its injuries, and the other is being treated for burns and smoke inhalation. Two other cats lost their lives in the fire. SPCA officials said the animals are being temporarily housed in other nearby shelters.

Woman, animals killed after crash into SPCA building in Delaware
Woman, animals killed after crash into SPCA building in Delaware

Almost 100 other animals were displaced after the shelter was deemed uninhabitable.

"When I first got the notification, it was terrifying, all of us were thinking the worst, this is just a nightmare when you work with animals when you think about what could happen", said Linda Torelli, Director of Marketing for the BVSPCA. The fire was extinguished within a half hour, but it severely damaged the veterinary clinic inside the structure. The shelter portion of the building sustained water and smoke damage. The facility will be closed for an undetermined period of time, pending a building inspection and possible subsequent cleanup and repairs.

"The BVSPCA needs the community's help during this crisis", the shelter said in a statement.

The animals were taken to the other Brandywine Valley SPCA locations in West Chester and Delaware.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER