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Green Township Family Dog Drowns in Flooded Basement

Updated: Monday, December 30 2013, 03:51 PM EST

GREEN TWP, Ohio (WKRC) -- Recent heavy rains and flash flooding caused some property damage across the Tri-State. But, it cost a Green Township family something that can't be replaced... their dog, Elvis.

Bill Datillo put Elvis in his crate in the basement, then went to work. Hours later.. his daughter returned home to find the back yard, basement and Elvis under several feet of water. Local 12's Adam Clements spoke with the heartbroken family.

Kearstan Datillo told him, "There was a lot of people in our backyard..so that's when I kinda got a little scared."

Kearstan knew something was wrong when she got home from babysitting late Wednesday afternoon. She never imagined it would be so bad. "I've never seen anything like that before."

Kearsten surveyed the damage from the quick burst of heavy rain, the back yard was a pond. She noticed the water made its way through the garage and into the basement. Her focus quickly shifted to her dog Elvis.. locked in his cage.. "When I got down and saw how high it was, I knew the cage wasn't that high but I still thought maybe he was able to get out by the water pressure."

Kearsten's father Bill tells Adam, "I just figured it was a little water in the basement..you know. You always get a little ground water."

Bill was at work when he received her frantic phone call. "She said we can't..it's past our knees and waist. So I told her not to go down there. I didn't know about the electrical. And she was calling for the dog and no response."

There would be no response from Elvis.. the water was simply too high. Now Bill and Kearstan are left with a mess and the challenge of replacing what was lost except the one thing they can't replace. "We brought him in because of the heat. We crated him..put his water in there and thought he'd be fine for a couple of hours and it just happened that fast."

Kearstan consoles herself with this thought: "I know that he's in a better place now."

Bill tells us many of his neighbors experienced similar flooding.. and says his next door neighbor also had her dog in a cage in the basement. Fortunately though.. she was able to rescue her dog in time.

Green Township Family Dog Drowns in Flooded Basement


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