Animals Killed in Shelter Fire

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 12/01/2013 3:26 pm

More than 30 animals could be dead after a fire Friday night at the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter.

Firefighters say it happened just before 10 p.m.  They say, the shelter was fully engulfed in flames, which caused the roof to cave in. 

Theresa Martin, a volunteer with the animal shelter, says when the firefighters got into the shelter, they started unlocking cages and letting the dogs out.  She says the cats were being kept in an inner room which the firefighters weren’t able to get to before the roof collapsed and firefighters were forced to evacuate and stop rescue efforts.

Martin says there were 23 dogs in the shelter and only one, Sassy the shelter ambassador dog, died.  She says there were 37 cats inside the shelter and says only between three and eight of them were saved.

The remaining animals are at foster homes and will soon go to other shelters.  The shelter is raising money to help them rebuild a new shelter.

The cause of the fire is not known.  KSP’s arson investigators were contacted but they have no found any suspicious activity.

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