How ANIMAL PEOPLE readers fared in Katrina
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2005:
Among the ANIMAL PEOPLE readers in New Orleans were longtime
neighbors Odette Grosz and Gayle and Pinckney Wood.
“Odette went to Natchez with Minnie the Moocher, a rescued
miniature pincher,” Pinckney Wood e-mailed late on August 28, hours
before Hurricane Katrina hit. “Gayle and I are here in New Orleans
waiting. We have too many animals to easily evacuate.”
Grosz and the Woods were out of touch throughout the first
week after the levies broke.
“I don’t know that I will ever go back, not even to see my
house,” Grosz at last e-mailed on September 6. “In Kenner,” she
added, “a friend was cutting trees, and had his little dog at his
feet, when five starving dogs ran up and grabbed his pet. He tried
to chase them down, but they were too swift, and killed and ate his
dog in front of his eyes!”
Pinckney Wood was not heard from again until September 18.
“Gayle and I made it out after the water rose, with four dogs and
nine cats, more than just our pets,” he finally reported from
Lafayette. “We stayed in the neighborhood doing search and rescue
after we rescued ourselves.”
Also losing homes to Katrina were pro-animal attorney Marilyn
David of Biloxi and Mississippi Friends of Animals founder Elaine
Adair in Gulfport.
“I am okay. I evacuated to Starkville, Mississippi, with
my three dogs,” David e-mailed. “My house is gone. All that’s left
is the slab and some two-by-fours holding up the roof.”
Adair lost a beachfront home, but kept the Camille Bed &
Breakfast six blocks inland, where for a few days she hosted New
York Times reporter Sewell Chan.