Victorians urged to check on their pets after wild weather as Lost Dogs’ Home reports massive spike in arrivals

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Victorian pet owners have been urged to check on their animals after the Lost Dogs’ Home had a 400 per cent increase in arrivals overnight.

On Thursday night and into Friday morning, Melbourne was smashed by rain and wind gusts of up to 120km/h in some parts.

The State Emergency Service (SES) received more than 1500 calls for assistance in the 24 hours to 8.30am.

The Lost Dogs’ Home has urged pet owners across the state to check on their animals, especially dogs prone to anxiety.

A man is seen walking past a fallen tree in West Melbourne.
A man is seen walking past a fallen tree in West Melbourne. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

Animal ambulance drivers brought in 16 dogs and cats that were displaced overnight during the storm.

According to spokesperson Suzana Talevski, it is an increase of 400 per cent and the Home expects the number to climb.

“These animals are scared and confused so we will be doing everything we can, as we always do, to reunite them with their families,” she said.

“We ask everyone out there to please check on your pets and check your properties and surroundings for pets that may have escaped because of wind damage to residences.”

Talevski said if possible, animals should be kept inside during wild weather.

“If they are frightened, reassure them and remain calm. Pets should be provided the same cover as humans during severe weather,” she said.

A fallen tree is seen in West Melbourne.
A fallen tree is seen in West Melbourne. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

Residents without power

More than 500,000 Victorians are without power after the thunderstorms and wild winds lashed the state.

In the state’s west, 183,000 Powercor and Citipower customers have lost power with Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Terang badly hit.

Meanwhile, 155,000 United Energy customers have lost electricity, while Jemena in Melbourne has 50,000 customers missing power, and in the east of the state more than 128,000 Ausnet customers are suffering blackouts.

A roof came off a building in the city and has landed in the middle of the complex.
A roof came off a building in the city and has landed in the middle of the complex. Credit: 7NEWS

Most metropolitan and regional train services have been suspended and dozens of major roads have lanes closed, including the Eastern, Western and Hume Freeways, and the Western Ring Road.

Trees are down on roads across the state, traffic lights are have stopped working in numerous places, and the Department of Transport has urged people to avoid driving if they can.

– With AAP




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