Mother dies, 100 animals displaced after vehicle crashes into SPCA

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A mother of five died and about 100 shelter animals were displaced this weekend after the woman crashed a vehicle into the Brandywine Valley SPCA in New Castle, Del., sparking a fire in the building.



Lataya Cooper, 33, was killed in the early morning Sunday crash. The Brandywine Valley SPCA will hold a memorial vigil on Monday for her at 5:30 at the SPCA on 600 South Street in New Castle, the shelter reported.

The building erupted in fire after Cooper crashed into the veterinary part of the shelter around 12:15 a.m. Sunday.  Shelter staff, fire and emergency workers, and neighbors moved quickly to get about 100 cats and dogs out of the burning building. Three cats died, and one is being treated for burns and smoke inhalation.





“It could have been even worse if not for the amazing work of the first responders and all the neighbors who worked together to get the animals out safely,” said Adam Lamb, the shelter’s chief executive.

The facility sustained significant damage and will be closed for an undetermined period of time, the shelter reported.

In 2016 the BVSPCA, which has its headquarters in Chester County, signed a five-year contract with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to provide statewide animal services.






















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