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Popular Ozone Park pet store closes after collapse
BY NAEISHA ROSE
On the eve of Small Business Saturday,
Animal Pantry Ozone Park, a momand
pop pet supply store, was issued a
vacate order by the city’s Department of
Buildings aft er a part of the facility collapsed,
according to Councilman Eric
Animal Pantry Ozone Park is located
at 137-20 Cross Bay Blvd. and off ers
pet apparel, aquatic pets, pet grooming
services and pet food, according to its
Th ere were no pets or people injured
during the Nov. 23 collapse, according to
Animal Pantry’s Facebook page, but the
family-owned business is closed for the
“It is with a heavy heart that we are
announcing Animal Pantry will be closed
until further notice. Due to construction
behind our store, our foundation was
ripped out from under us, causing our
back wall to collapse,” according to a post
on Animal Pantry’s Facebook page.
Th e FDNY requested a structural stability
inspection by the DOB on Nov. 23
due to cracks on the wall and the danger
of it falling some more, according to the
Department of Buildings.
Th e DOB inspected the collapse area
and made comments about the rear wall
of the Animal Pantry being exposed and
its potential for further collapse the same
day, according to nyc.gov.
Animal Pantry credited the rescue of all
their animals on Nov. 25 to Ulrich, who
— aft er learning of the situation — got
in touch with an Emergency Response
Team and representatives of the DOB for
the rapid assessment of the building. Th e
Buildings Department allowed for the
retrieval of the animals, according to the
pet supply store.
“I was glad to assist the owners of Pet
Pantry safely remove all the animals that
were trapped in the building. I’d like to
thank the Department of Buildings for
their collaborative eff ort and their swift
Photo courtesy of Robert Stridiron
action,” Ulrich said.
Animal Pantry was able to rescue cats,
dogs, reptiles and mice, according to the
mom-and-pop store on Facebook.
“Th ank you to everyone for your concern.
We will now deal with the rest of
this mess, our building is still collapsing,”
according to a post by Animal Pantry.
Animal Pantry was issued a vacate order after a wall collapsed.
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