A fire broke out at the Franklin County Animal Shelter in Benton, Illinois earlier this week.
55 animals, mostly cats, died in the fire. The fire department was able to save 57 other animals in the shelter.
Animal control supervisor Jarrett Broy said, “If not for the deputies and the firefighters going in there, we would have lost a lot more. (Lt. Richard) Veldman of the sheriff’s department ran in with some of the firefighters who were first on scene. They had bolt cutters and started letting all the dogs out of the cages and pulling cats out from the back of the facility. When I got here there were dogs running everywhere.”
Workers at the shelter are now trying to clean up the animals and find homes for the remaining cats and dogs.
Local shelters are helping by housing some of the animals.
The fire is being investigated and Broy said most likely the fire stated from a faulty furnace and insulation.
Donations of cat or dog food, litter, blankets and other items may be dropped off at Franklin County Animal Control, 13163 Oddfellow Lane in Benton from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To adopt an animal, call 618-439-9197.