Rebuilding Parma’s Able Animal Hospital after a vehicle crashed into the facility last year

PARMA, Ohio (WOIO) – Able Animal Hospital is turning the page and taking steps to rebuild after an incident severely damaged it last year.

In August, a police chase of three teenagers in a van ended when the driver lost control on State Road, crashing into the front of the establishment.

The damage is extensive, but fortunately no one was inside when the accident happened.

Office manager Debra Bartowick has worked here for 21 years and said the past few months have been difficult.

“I cried. I got the call when I was home,” Bartowick said.

The staff ended up doing the cleanup themselves and the volunteers helped, but a lot of business was lost in the process.

Construction began on masonry and the front window frame, which was destroyed by the impact.

Eventually, once this is closed, there will be no more cold air seeping in.

One of the teenage girls involved, a 16-year-old girl, recently sent a letter to the hospital that said, in part, “I just want to start by saying I’m so sorry for the damage that has happened. I know that no matter how much I write or apologize, it will never undo the damage that has happened.

Bartowick said she choked on reading it.

“It was nice. It was a sweet gesture on their part. I hope they learned from the experience,” she said.

Staff want to put this incident behind them but hope it sends a strong message to those involved.

“All of your actions have consequences, whether on yourself or on a business,” Bartowick said. “In this case, not only did it hurt them and their lives, but it upset a lot of people in the community.”

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Benjamin M. Yerger