Paradise Pet: From Devastation to Future Plans


BECKLEY, WV (WOAY)- It was not a normal night on Friday when a car struck a gas meter behind Paradise Pet causing the building to burst into flames.


Although the owners did not want to be seen on camera due to security reasons, WOAY was able to speak to them about their future plans.


“We are wanting to rebuild, relocate and we are planning to do that as quick as possible,” said the owner of Paradise Pet.


One by one, firefighters that responded to the scene helped rescue animals before the smoke harmed them.


“The firefighters brought the animals out the doors. They were giving oxygen to the rabbits, the dogs, everything they brought out was getting fresh oxygen,” said the owner.


While the inside of the building may be demolished, the owners told WOAY that they are thankful for the community support that helped save the animals.


“I can’t thank the community enough for what they have done. The community was out here and jumped in that night in the freezing cold, getting animals and putting them in houses and cars to get them out of the cold,” said the shop owner.


Tragically while some animals were lost, the owners will be embarking on their next journey to build a bigger and better pet store and spa for the community.

Daniella Hankey

Good Morning West Virginia! Daniella Hankey is the Morning and Noon newscast Anchor. Daniella joined Newswatch as a Multi-Media journalist and quickly moved her way up to an Anchor. Before landing in the beautiful Mountain State, Daniella called her home Orlando, Florida. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to further her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. When Daniella is not working, you can find her exploring West Virginia especially the Greenbrier and engaging with community members. As a morning anchor, Daniella loves putting a smile on viewers faces in the morning and informing them of community events. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at You can also follow Daniella on Facebook at DaniellaHankeyTV.

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