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Volunteers quick to aid storm-damaged animal rescue

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FAYETTE COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Everywhere you look at the K-9 Animal Savior Rescue Sanctuary, you can see chainsaws, heavy equipment and barking dogs.

Just hours ago, this 9-acre sanctuary for abandoned animals was in the midst of a powerful storm.

"It blew through there like you wouldn't believe."

Former Memphian Bill Funk has operated an animal sanctuary on this property for 10 years.

"We got a crippled dog in there, we've got 3-legged dogs, we got a blind dog, we've got all kinds of dogs."

After the storm slammed into this area, Funk found a dog and a cat dead.

Volunteers say the dog died in a clump of trees, apparently when a tree fell on his kennel. They say the cat died when the storm destroyed the barn.

Shortly after the storm hit, Mid-South animal rescuer Eric Hart put out a call on Facebook for volunteer help.

"Once he puts something out on Facebook where he says 'we need help,' this is what you get!" volunteer Renne Lambert said.

Austin Thweatt was among dozens who showed up.

"I'm just walking the dogs cause after that storm last night they are pretty shaken up and they need loving walking."

Other volunteers helped clear debris, build new kennels and feed Bill Funk's surviving animals.

Cordova barbecue cooking team Jason Wiggs' Pork Choppers also showed up and fed volunteers.

"Both my dogs were rescues so I have a really big heart for what goes on here. It's so devastating.

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Everywhere you look here at the K-9 Animal Savior Rescue Sanctuary, you can see chain saws, heavy equipment and barking dogs.
Just hours ago, this 9-acre sanctuary for abandoned animals was in the midst of a powerful storm.
"It blew through there like you wouldn't believe."
Former Memphian Bill Funk has operated an animal sanctuary on this property for 10 years.
"We got a cripple dog in there we've got 3-legged dogs, we got a blind dogs, we've got all kinds of dogs."
Sadly, after the storm slammed into this area, Funk found a dog and a cat dead.
Volunteers say the dog died in a clump of trees, apparently when a tree fell on his kennel.  They say the cat died when the storm destroyed the barn.
Shortly after the storm hit, well-known Mid-South animal rescuer Eric Hart put out a call on Facebook for volunteer help.
"Once he puts something out on Facebook where he say we need help -- this is what you get!" volunteer Renne Lambert said.
Austin Thweatt was among dozens who showed up.
"I'm just walking the dogs cause after that storm last night they are pretty shaken up and they need loving walking."
Other volunteers helped clear debris, build new kennels and feed Bill Funk's surviving animals.
The Cordova barbecue cooking team Jason Wiggs Pork Choppers also showed up and fed volunteers.
"Both my dogs were rescues so I have a really big heart for what goes on here -- and its so devastating.
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