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Animals injured and killed after shelter fire in Tylertown

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A fire destroyed a Walthall County animal shelter overnight.

Two dozen animals are being treated in a veterinarian hospital; several others were killed. 

“It is hard to see, it is hard to see animals go through this trauma,” said Dr. Stacy McCarty.

Dr. Stacy McCarty opened her doors at Southwest Animal Hospital to care for the nearly two dozen homeless dogs, birds a rabbit and cats. She admits some will have a long road to recovery, while others may not make it.

“The injuries can get worst over 48 hours, but out of the ones I have assessed, there are five they may not make it due to smoke inhalation,” said Dr. McCarty.

To hear some animals are not doing well is heartbreaking to employee Dustin Holmes. He was inside the cat house at the Humane Society of Louisiana's Dixieland Katrina Evacuation Site known as the Katrina Camp. He said he risked his life to try and save the pets.

“I was scared, but adrenaline kicked in," said Holmes. "I was throwing my birds out the backroom and throwing the cats out, just anything I can get out.” 

The cause of the fire is still unknown, and the shelter director said a ferret died and a cat had to be euthanized so far as a result of the fire.

“I know there are cats under all that stuff, but the fire department won't let us in there," said Harris. "The stuff can all be replaced, but the animals can't.” 

The shelter was located in Algiers Point in Louisiana, but that all changed when Hurricane Katrina hit. This group feels like this was just a bad case of deja vu.

“That was our plan, to slowly get back to Louisiana because we are the Humane Society of Louisiana and now this," said Harris. "I don’t know what we are going to do next.” 

For more information on how you can  donate or provide supplies to The Humane Society of Louisiana Camp Katrina site, go to their website.

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