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URGENT! Shelter burned...they need assistance!

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WARNING....this is sad...some animals did die...read only if you can handle it...I only posted this because I know alot of you have connections and maybe someone can help.

This was on 2 different news stations tonight. One is one in Ky and another in TN..I'm suprised news reached as far as TN. Either way here's the article and for personal safety reasons, I cant post the source.

Grayson County (Kentucky) Animal Shelter Fire

It’s a tragic event that claimed the lives of 26 dogs and 23 cats in an early morning fire in Grayson County. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Officials with the Grayson County Animal Shelter say they got the call the building was on fire around 2:30 Friday morning.

Volunteers with the Leitchfield Fire Department responded and freed the dogs that were outside. But for the ones inside the building, it was too late.

Kim Stallings is the President of the Grayson county Animal Shelter. She says, "We had this one dog that we've had since the beginning. We had pretty much considered him un-adoptable. And then by some miracle, they found him a home. And we just got him neutered so normally he'd be outside, but because he'd just been neutered he was indoors and he was leaving Saturday."

Unfortunately he will never get to be adopted. Dogs that survived the devastating fire are now at Bowling Green's Humane Society.

Lorri Hare is the director of the Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society. She says, "We had a couple of phone calls from people who have heard on the news and the radio certain breeds they had. So we have had a couple that are going to come out and see the dogs really hoping to find them good homes."

The Leitchfield Volunteer Fire Department did all they could to save the animals, but it was too late for many.

Stallings says, "We saved 11 that were attached in runs that were in outside runs not attached to the building so they were never in jeopardy. But approximately 26 dogs and 23 cats perished."

It was every animal lover's nightmare. Stallings says, "It was a building full of dogs that loved life and loved people, and we were hoping they would have a better chance."

If you'd like to help the Grayson county Animal Shelter, they desperately need monetary donations, dog food, and fencing supplies. They also need foster families and adoption families. A new shelter is already under construction, but they need help with new animals being taken into the shelter. For more information on how to help, you can call Donna White at (270) 242-7505, Lindsey Shaffar at (270)259-3512, or Terri Barbiaux at (270)242-6513
post #2 of 6
OMG! This is so horrible! I am so glad you posted this so that we can all send a little something to give them some help.
post #3 of 6
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Originally posted by lotsocats
OMG! This is so horrible! I am so glad you posted this so that we can all send a little something to give them some help.
I just hope that they get the help they need. Sofar all the animals that lived are at shelters in the surrounding counties which is bad because it takes away from the space of that county. It's such a sad thing and it really makes me wonder how it was even possible that something like that could've happened!
I've not been home all weekend, but I found some updates from my news website I'll post in a few mins once I finish something I'm working on.
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Here's another story from one of my local news stations on the shelter fire. It has some info that the other article didnt.

Leitchfield shelter fire kills dogs, cats
Nearly 50 die; cause of blaze is investigated

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. — Nearly 50 dogs and cats died in a fire that gutted an animal shelter early yesterday.

Kim Stallings of the Grayson County Humane Society said 26 dogs and 23 cats were killed.

Leitchfield public works director Darrell Harrell said the cause of the fire was still under investigation. He said firefighters took three hours to extinguish the blaze, which began about 2:30a.m.

No people were inside when the fire started, Stallings said.

When firefighters arrived, they freed 11 dogs living in kennel runs adjacent to the main building. The dogs were later corralled, Stallings said. Fourteen more dogs living in outdoor kennels also were saved, she said.

The shelter was built 12 years ago, Harrell said. The humane society has operated it since June 2003, Stallings said. Only six animals have been euthanized since the humane society began operating it, Stallings said.

Another animal shelter was already under construction in Leitchfield, Stallings said. It is scheduled to open this summer.

Stallings said the humane society was looking for homes for nine animals yesterday. Members of the Bowling Green Humane Society took 14 of the dogs, Stallings said.

I still dont know anything about how the place is doing now, but as soon as I do I'll let everyone know.
post #5 of 6
I heard about this on my local news and I am in TN,about 4 and a half hours away.

It is so sad that those poor animals had to go that way.
post #6 of 6
Oh God Amber, that is so sad!
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