Shelters release 400 animals affected by fire

May 28, 2008 3:49:46 PM PDT
Out of more than 400 animals that were staying in Santa Cruz County Animal Services shelters because of the Summit Fire, only about seven dogs, four cats and a couple of rabbits were still waiting today for their owners.

This morning, families picked up the last 20 chickens, 20 ducks and two geese, animal services spokeswoman Tricia Geisreiter said. A horse, llama and goat were still waiting for their owners Tuesday but were most likely gone today, Geisreiter said.

A total of 36 residences and 18 outbuildings were destroyed in the Summit Fire that burned 4,270 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The fire was contained Tuesday and is expected to be controlled Friday.

The shelters housed 421 animals during the fire. Animal control officers found 278 of them stranded in mandatory evacuation areas when they traveled door-to-door.

"Our community of animal lovers as a whole just really came together. We worked very efficiently and quickly and it's so amazing we were able to save 421 animals," Geisreiter said.

If owners are still missing their pets, they should check the animal services Web site at www.scanimalservices.us.


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