Animal Shelter Fire Leaves Dozens Of Dogs & Cats Dead — And A Handful Struggling To Survive

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This is so sad.

A fire broke out at an animal shelter in Paxton, Massachusetts late Sunday night, and it killed almost all of the dogs and cats inside.

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The shelter, Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals, was housing 12 dogs and 30 cats at the time the fire broke out — and all but five dogs and one of the cats was killed.

Fire chief Jay Conte spoke about the fire and its aftermath when his firefighters arrived Sunday night:

“We were very fortunate to save just those [animals]. The site was fully involved when we got here, so we didn’t think we were going to save any of the animals.”

So awful.

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The shelter updated on their animals throughout the night via Facebook:

Update on Sweetpea shelter fire. Brooklyn Skye, Jade and Divinci are at vet in stable condition. Stella is in critical condition and rushed to tufts. Kitten the cat is stable.
Posted by Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals on Monday, November 23, 2015

There’s no word yet on how the fire started.

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The building is a total loss, too, but that’s completely irrelevant compared to the fact that dozens of shelter pets looking for their homes were lost far too soon.

[Image via Facebook.]

Nov 23, 2015 2:49pm PDT

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