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School bus crashes into animal shelter

The school bus slammed into the middle of Wright-Way Rescue shelter Wednesday afternoon.

The 62-year-old driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The shelter is now seeking donations for repair costs and needs foster homes for the 25-animals, mostly dogs, which were in the building at the time.

LINK: HELP REBUILD WRIGHT-WAY RESCUE

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The Wright-Way Rescue Center in Niles may have found a new temporary home.

A school bus crashed into the shelter October 2, destroying the building.

Since then, the shelter is keeping adoptable pets in a warehouse space donated by a supporter, but the permit to use that facility expires today.

Now, the owners of a former veterinary clinic in Des Plaines are offering their building if details can be worked out.

Another adoption event to help the Wright Way homeless pets will be held at Pet Smart in Skokie this weekend.

$130,000 has been raised so far.

Help is pouring in for a suburban animal shelter that was damaged after a school bus crashed into it.

Most of the 15 dogs and cats at Wright-Way Rescue in Niles were adopted Thursday.

The rest will be up for adoption at an event in the shelter’s parking lot this weekend, as well as dozens of animals from the shelter’s downstate facility.

The founder of the rescue says it is now looking for a new facility, because repairing the building that was damaged on Wednesday is not an option.

Some animals will have to find a new home after a school bus crashed into a shelter in north suburban Niles.

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The bus slammed into the middle of Wright-Way Rescue shelter Wednesday afternoon.

The bus was pulled-out in the evening causing bricks to tumble down.

The 62-year-old driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

She was not injured and was the only person on the bus.

No staff members or animals were injured.

The shelter had just undergone extensive renovations.

It’s now seeking donations for repair costs and needs foster homes for the 25-animals, mostly dogs, which were in the building at the time.

LINK: HELP REBUILD WRIGHT-WAY RESCUE

A school bus slammed into the middle of Wright-Way Rescue shelter in Niles on Wednesday, October 2.

The shelter is now seeking donations for repair costs and needs foster homes for the 25-animals, mostly dogs, which were in the building at the time.

Two people were injured this morning when the school bus she was driving crashed into an animal shelter in Niles.

According to emergency officials, no children where aboard the bus when it crashed into the Wright Way Rescue animal adoption center at the intersection of Harlem Ave and Touhy Ave.

The 62-year-old female driver of the Alltown School bus was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  She and a driver in training were shaken up with minor injuries.

After helping the bus driver and her assistant off the bus and determining there were no children onboard, people scrambled to collect all the animals, fearing the brick building could collapse.

25 frightened dogs and cats were at the shelter at the time.

For Wrightway workers and volunteers, the tiny shelter in Niles is a labor of love. It finds homes for 5000 animals a year, most of them are stray dogs from rural Southern Illinois.

To help, log on to http://wrightwayanimalrescue.com/

Niles police say Touhy Ave between Harlem and Milwaukee will remained closed off to traffic for the evening.

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