Fire Breaks Out At Illinois Animal Shelter

Animal ShelterA 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.

Source: WSIL, The Southern

(Thanks Amanda)

6 Responses to “Fire Breaks Out At Illinois Animal Shelter”

  1. Amanda says:

    I would like to add that you can also make monetary donations if you do not live near enough to take blankets etc. I don’t think they have a paypal set up to receive donations but checks etc will be accepted I am sure.

    Some real estate agents have already offered several sites that can be used as a temporary shelter until a new facility is built and they received $1,000 donation today from someone and some food and blankets.

    My mom and I will be going to the store tomorrow to buy supplies(Benton is 45 minutes from me) and I’ll be driving them down. The shelter is mainly no-kill. The only time they put an animal down is when it is a more humane thing to due(terminal illness etc).

    Right now they are trying to find homes for the 12 cats that did survive. I would love to take a few but I don’t live in Benton and I can’t add more cats to an already 9 cats inside and 1 cat outside(stray we are feeding) household.

  2. Debbie Johnson says:

    What’s especially sad is that (according to an article in the Chicago Tribune) some of the animals that died were scheduled to be relocated as part of a weekly trip north to Chicago that relieves overcrowded downstate facilities.

    The Illinois Animal Rescue Coalition drove some of the survivors to northern Illinois where eight local animal groups picked them up and prepared them for adoption.

  3. Susannah Hardy says:

    Please let me know what we can do to help. I could possibly send some usable goods, and I know that we can make a donation if I have the paypal account. Thanks.

    Creatures Great and Small

  4. KarlaSanDiego says:

    Oh, this breaks my heart. May their little souls rest in peace.

  5. Amanda says:

    I would just like to offer an update on the shelter!!!

    (Employees Nathan Reed and Dottie Darr were bathing cats, trying to rid soot from fur, while Mary Crawford was checking in the offerings coming in from the public by the trunk or truck-full. Supervisor Jarrett Broy was manning the phone, but not having much luck answering all of the calls coming in to the facility.

    “I’ve got more than 50 calls to return already, but the phone won’t stop ringing long enough for me to make any calls,” Broy said at 11 a.m. Wednesday. “It’s a wonderful thing. I’ve gotten calls from not just here in Southern Illinois, but from Missouri, Kentucky, Utah, all over the country. Everyone just wants to know how they can help.”)

    Among the items needed most are Pine-Sol cleaning solution, hand and bath towels, storage containers, office supplies, cat litter scoops, large trash cans and mini-fridges for medications.

    The facility will be closed Thanksgiving Day but will open from 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Regular hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, will resume next week.

    Monetary donations may be made to FCAC, P.O. Box 967, Benton IL 62812.

    For more information, call 439-9197.

    Source: http://www.southernillinoisan......466697.txt

  6. Amanda says:

    Another update!


    “The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri which will hold a food and supply drive at participating Schnucks supermarkets this weekend.”

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