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Humane society fire forces animals to move

FRIENDSHIP (WAOW) - Adams County Humane Society Executive Director Christina Ackerman says she was filling out adoption paperwork when something caught her attention.

"I heard a very loud noise coming from the back and I went to see what it was," says Ackerman.

What she found was a laundry room engulfed in flames with smoke ventilating throughout the building. Seeking help, Ackerman pushed an emergency fire button

"We started getting-- pulling animals out of the building and waiting impatiently for the fire people to get here, " says Ackerman.

Because of the cold, shelter leaders say dozens of cats and dogs were rescued and put into warm vehicles. A veterinarian examined each animal. He says they all appear to be healthy but it will be some time before the animals are given the all clear.

"Respiratory distress is our main issue. Sometimes if there is a chemical in the air the affect the, the animals you might not see damage from for another 12 to 24 hours," says veterinarian Steve Hines.

Shelter leaders say the cats were taken to the Columbia County Humane Society for baths and further observation. The dogs stayed in Adams County. 

Donations will be needed to help cover the cost of repairs.  If you'd like to help, click this link.
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