Bahamas Woman Allows 97 Rescue Dogs In Her Home Amid Hurricane Dorian

Amid Hurricane Dorian — one of the most brutal storms to ever hit the Bahamas — Chella Phillips opened her Nassau home to 97 homeless dogs.

"It was either leave the dogs on the street to fend for themselves, or do something about it," said Phillips on a phone interview with ABC News on Monday. "I just want these dogs to be safe. I could care less about the dog poop and pee in my house."

On Sunday, Phillips described her experience wrangling the dogs in a Facebook post, saying that 79 of the dogs were in her bedroom to ride out the storm.

97 dogs are inside my house and 79 of them are inside my master bedroom. It has been insane since lastnight, poop and...

Posted by Chella Phillips on Sunday, September 1, 2019

"Each island has [an] abundance of homeless dogs, my heart is so broken for the ones without a place to hide a CAT 5 monster and only God can protect them now. Thank you for thinking of us and praying for us," she wrote.

Phillips, who was born in Peru, said she has spent the past 15 years saving nearly 1,000 homeless and abandoned street dogs in the Bahamas, and finding homes in the United States for more than 200 dogs.

In another Facebook post on Monday, Phillips wrote that the area she was in had experienced flooding, but that the dogs are safe.

We are alright after a stressful night were we fooded bad inside the refuge, not even 3 pumps could contain the rain...

Posted by Chella Phillips on Monday, September 2, 2019

"We are alright after a stressful night," she wrote. "All services are down, all TVs are fried from the lightnings [sic] so no more cartoons for the sick dogs until we can purchase new ones."

"I don't see how any dogs or any living being could have survived outside. My heart goes out to them. Thank you for the outpouring support and heartfelt prayers," she wrote.

After the storm passes, Phillips plans to build more space for the dogs she has taken in from the storm, she told ABC News.

Hurricane Dorian is now moving slowly northwest over the Bahamas, leaving devastation and flooding in its wake. Satellite images showed large areas under water, including the Grand Bahama International Airport and the town of Marsh Harbour on Abaco Island.

Hurricane Dorian
In this NOAA GOES-East satellite handout image, Hurricane Dorian, now a Cat. 4 storm, moves slowly past Grand Bahama Island on September 2, 2019 in the Atlantic Ocean. Dorian moved slowly past the Bahamas at times just 1 mph as it unleashed massive flooding and winds of 150 m.p.h. (NOAA via Getty Images)

Dorian fell in strength on Tuesday to category 2, but the northwest islands continue to endure heavy rain, high winds and storm surges. Five people were killed when the storm hit the Abaco Islands.

Residents of the northern Bahamas — some trapped on roofs — sent out pleas for help as the storm thrashed the islands on Monday night, stalling at category 5 with 185 mph winds.

The hurricane is expected to get "dangerously" close to Florida's East Coast late Tuesday and into Wednesday.

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