A Massachusetts shelter fire was pure devastation for animal lovers as dozens of cats and dogs were killed in this fire. This Massachusetts shelter is about 50 miles outside Boston, but it services much of “central Massachusetts and beyond,” which is what is conveyed on the animal shelter’s website.
The fire broke out at the Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals Inc. in Paxton late Sunday night and in the height of the blaze shelter workers took to the Internet to secure help for the handful of animals that did make it through this inferno. They sent out a plea for any veterinarians in the area to come to Sweetpeas and help the badly burned animals, according to MSN News on November 23.
Sweetpeas also sent out a plea for “volunteers to help move the animals.” They made sure to warn on their Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals Facebook post that “This is not a drill. Please help!”
Sadly when the death count among the animals was released there were 17 dogs and 39 cats that had perished in that fire. While the loss of the cats and dogs caused overwhelming sadness among the staff at the shelter, they didn’t have time to mourn the passing of their four-legged friends. All attention was put on the animals who were hurt in the fire and still very much alive.
The Washington Posts reports that people were seen “gathered in a nearby building on the property, weeping and wrapping the rescued dogs in blankets to keep them warm.” The devastation over the loss of the animals was apparent on the faces of those at the fire. Reports indicate only five dogs were able to be saved.
Several animals were rescued and being treated at nearby facilities. The staff posted an update on Monday morning for the few animals that were saved. Their Facebook post said:
“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.”
The Christian Science Monitor reports today that the public has rallied behind the Massachusetts animal shelter. A GoFundMe page was set up for funds which will go towards rebuilding this shelter. This animal shelter is an non-profit agency that rescues the unwanted pets in their neck of the woods.
It is reported that five dogs were rescued and the shelter reports that some cats may have escaped into the neighborhood. There is no word on what caused this devastating fire.