Update at 11 a.m. Wednesday – The Tompkins County SPCA annex at The Shops at Ithaca Mall is reopen for business Wednesday after being evacuated Tuesday because of an electrical issue.

Nine cats were evacuated after smoke from the ceiling began filling the annex, Executive Director Jim Bouderau said.

He said the cats were evacuated in rolling cages and taken to the SPCA’s other shelter at 640 Hanshaw Road.

“Normally we do have other animals, like rabbits or parrots or hamsters or chinchillas,” Bouderau said. But only the cats were at the annex yesterday.

An employee at the annex said the smoking was caused by an air conditioning unit on the roof with a burned out motor.

The annex reopened Wednesday morning.

LANSING, N.Y. –  An electrical box that began smoking Tuesday afternoon is temporarily closing the Tompkins County SPCA annex at The Shops at Ithaca Mall.


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The Lansing and Cayuga Heights fire department responded to the incident at 12:28 p.m. and cleared the scene at 1:03 p.m., according to a Tompkins County 911 dispatcher.

The Tompkins SPCA said on their Facebook page that people and animals have been cleared to go back into the space, but won’t Tuesday because they don’t know what caused the smoking.

It’s unclear how many animals were evacuated or when the annex at the mall will be reopened.

NOTICE: The SPCA Annex in The Shops at Ithaca Mall will be CLOSED for the rest of the day due to an electrical issue…

Posted by SPCA of Tompkins County on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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