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.