The reptiles were removed from apartments that had not collapsed, and photos showed the emergency crews bringing out enclosures with the animals in them.
A blue-tongued skink, a ball python and a milksnake were pulled from the building that partially collapsed in Davenport, Iowa May 30. The reptiles were sent to the Humane Society of Scott County, and the milksnake has already been reunited with its owner.
Six cats were also pulled from the rubble. The animal rescues took place as emergency crews with ABAS 43 Technical Rescue Team and Davenport firefighters searching for people in the building. Five people were unaccounted for as of today, with two believed to still be in the building, according to the QC Times.
“As of 1:00am Monday night/Tuesday morning, we have not yet heard if the city will be searching for the pets reported to them by midnight, the Humane Society of Scott County posted on Facebook. “Our leaderships’ phones are on through the night and we hope to get news that rescue efforts can be made. Our team is standing by to assist anyway we are permitted. Our Executive Director has reached out to major animal welfare groups, but with the very short deadline announced before possible demolition, these organizations have not had much time to respond. We sincerely hope these pets can be reunited with the families that have already survived the ordeal. Knowing the rest of their pet family is still trapped inside is devastating.”
According to the QC Times, the reptiles were removed from apartments that had not collapsed, and photos showed the emergency crews bringing out enclosures with the animals in them. The emergency crews spent three hours searching for people, and pulled the animals out as they came across them in the apartments.