11/22/05 approximately 3:00 pm
I just got calls from Sally & Missy and I'm pretty hysterical at the moment, so sorry if this is rambling.
The shelter is burning. Gas valve blew, explosion, building extremely damaged, probably a complete loss. Cats and dogs are dead. Danielle (shelter manager) is out alive but has suffered smoke inhalation (from going back in to rescue animals) and is on her way to the hospital. Her own cats died in the fire. As far as I know the rest of the staff got out ok. Shelter phone is dead. Danielle has been able to reach Sally via another phone, but I don't have the number. Sherriff, fire, ambulance are all at the shelter now.
Phone calls are coming in fast and furious as I'm writing this...updating along the way. Hope it all makes sense.
Some dogs are out alive...running loose. Not sure how many because they were just letting out whatever dogs they could reach and they're now running loose. Will be rounded up later. Early estimate is maybe 50-60 dogs were pulled out.
I just spoke to Derrick. They're rounding them up now. He's ok physically, emotionally a wreck. He's called in friends to come and take dogs to emergency foster. The recycling center has offered to hold some dogs for us too. Missy is on her way down there now.
Emergency foster homes are needed NOW!!!
ALL of the cats are dead...they couldn't get to the cat room. Puppies are probably all dead...they couldn't get through the smoke to the puppy room to save them. Some dogs are dead, not all, no idea who got out out. They got them out fast. Just opened kennels and pushed them outside.
WOWK TV was there at the time doing an interview. The furnace installation guy and the woman doing the interview were burned. Please pray for them
All remaining animals MUST get out to rescue ASAP. There's NO WHERE to put them! No building to use. Maybe some outdoor pens, but that's about it. Rescues, HELP HELP HELP!!!! Sue Potter is going down there this weekend to do a transport back up through PA to CT.
Anyone who can rescue or foster, please contact Missy at [email protected]
(aol.com). Missy is headed to the shelter now and may not be online for awhile, so please copy Sally at [email protected]
(yahoo.com) and Robin ([email protected]
) if you can offer any assistance.
Please pray for everyone involved. These people have worked so hard to try to make a difference for the animals in Mason County and they keep suffering setback after setback. From what I've heard via the first hurried phone calls is that it appears the building is a complete loss. Missy thinks the outside kennels are still usable.