Animal Hospital Closes Doors After Major Flood Damage

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After 32 years one Cabell County business is shutting its doors because of last Friday's flooding.

Guyan Animal Hospital on Route 60 near Barboursville was rushed with nearly 4 feet of water, ripping the doors off their hinges.

“It basically swept from the inside to the outside and destroyed all of the property inside and our supplies, all serviceable equipment, and all charting systems, electronics and computers,” explained owner and veterinarian Wayne Maass.

“Took us out of business in 30 minutes. It was total shock, the reality of just how much was done, in such a short time,” Maass said.

There were four cats and six dogs in the kennel portion of the business at the time of the flood-- all of the creatures were saved by an employee.

”Had we not had a quick thinking young lady doing kennel work, we may have lost some lives,” says Maass. “At the risk of her own car, which you can see out in the parking lot, she came back in and put them into higher ground so they didn’t get taken out by the storm.”

All of Maass’s electronic records were destroyed in the flood, but most of the hard copies were able to be saved.

Clients of the business are asked to call and leave a message if they want to pick up their pet’s record.

A "Go Fund Me" account has been set up to help the employees of the business while they clean up and try to find new jobs.

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