Community comes together for cats still inside crumbling building


JERSEY SHORE, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) –Concern is swirling through Lycoming County over an apartment building that will soon be torn down. But, it’s not the building itself that has people in shock, it’s what’s left inside.

A crumbling apartment building on the 400th block of Main Street in Jersey Shore has been vacant for a couple weeks now after it suddenly began to collapse. The residents quickly moved out, but some pets were left behind despite rumors of the building being empty.

“I’m just praying to God that we can get them out and get them all safe,” Penny Schultz said.

“We were concerned about one in the upstairs. We do think that that cat has since come out. We’re not positive. We’re not positive about anything that’s going on in there because we can’t go in there,” Bellabon’s Pet Recovery Services owner Bonnie Snyder said.

Snyder says so far they have been able to save at least six cats, which has been stressful, being that the building continues to crash down piece by piece.

“A whole waterfall of water came down. It was on the top of the roof and more bricks and stuff fell so we’re trying to suggest that people stay out of here. We’re trying the best way we can and the safe way and the legal way,” Snyder said.

Bellabon’s Pet Recovery Services has been luring the cats in on one side of the lawn with cat food and water.

“I’m getting chills just thinking about it. I can’t consciously, I can’t stand back and not try to do something,” Schultz said.

Penny Schultz has lived in the Jersey Shore area for nearly 60 years. She tells Eyewitness News not knowing whether all animals have been recovered safely breaks her heart.

“It’s an animal. It’s a heartbeat. It’s a soul. It’s no different than a child to me,” Schultz said.

According to the borough zoning office, no one is allowed beyond a particular fence on the property.

The apartment’s landlord has hired a demolition team that will either be coming Friday or Monday to check for cats as well as people’s belongings. Once it’s cleared out, the building will be taken down.

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