Categories: Cat shelters

Woman crashes her van into an animal shelter killing cats

Animal shelter rendered uninhabitable and cats killed by SUV which crashed into it

A mother of five crashed her SUV into the front of the Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (BVSPCA) shelter . The vehicle mounted the high curb, crashed through the building, lodged itself inside the building and started a fire. Three cats and the woman were killed. The woman and cats appear to have been killed by the fire.

The woman was identified at the scene as Latoya Copper, 33, a mother of five. The accident happened at about 12:15 am.

Her mother said that she “felt something at two o’clock in the morning. I felt some kind of pain”.

The animal shelter was rendered unihabitable. The animals have been rehoused temporarily in shelters nearby.

The BVSPCA Facebook posting states:

We had a terrible loss overnight. A car crashed into our New Castle Campus building, starting a fire that took the lives of three cats and sent another cat to emergency care for burns and smoke inhalation. The other 98 animals were relocated to temporary housing and are being examined by medical personnel. The veterinary clinic was destroyed in the crash, and the shelter sustained significant damage. The facility will be closed for an undetermined period of time. The animals need your help during this tragedy. Please come out to our other three locations to adopt (Georgetown, DE; West Chester, PA; Dover, DE, PetSmart EAC) and donate to help cover the significant cost for animal care and recovery:


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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • I may sound cold but I'm more sorry the cats died than her dying and I will still feel that until we know the exact reason she jumped the curb,if it was heart attack or something medical then that is forgivable but if it turns out she was on her celly then I could care less she passed away,just saying

  • Damn I can't even tell that was a vehicle. I think one of the problems is that animal shelters are usually only allowed to exist in the worst parts of the city, like the outskirts where there's longer stretches of bad road that people drive too fast on. Or in the industrial areas.

    • Actually Albert the SPCA is in a really nice residential area,I google Earth the address and ye can see there are many residential homes near and around the SPCA,google earth the address and ye will be able to see for yeself.

      600 South Street,New Castle,DE

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