Fire breaks out at animal shelter
Afire broke out at the Pet Connection animal shelter in Lennoxville, in the Blue Seal building, on Monday night at around midnight. A young woman living in the apartment above the shelter woke up to the smell of smoke after she had gone to bed and called 911 right away. The tenant’s quick actions probably saved the lives of the roughly seventy animals living at the shelter.
According to Marika Grenier, an employee of Blue Seal, the fire started in the grooming room where about forty cats, waiting to be adopted, were housed. There were two casualties as a result of the fire, a very young kitten and an older cat. The rest of the cats were brought to the veterinary clinic in Sherbrooke, except for a few that were taken by the Societe Protectrice des animaux de l’Estrie (SPA). “The cats went to the veterinary clinic to get oxygen and to get checked out because the room was completely engulfed in smoke,” explained Ms. Grenier.
None of the shelter dogs, there are about thirty of them, were hurt in the fire as they are lodged in a different area of the building.
Anyone interested in adopting either a dog or a cat can get more information on the Pet Connection website.