Dozens of animals die in Massachusetts shelter fire

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Dozens of Animals Killed in Massachusetts Shelter Fire


Dozens of cats and dogs were killed late Sunday night after a fire engulfed a Massachusetts animal shelter.

"It\'s going to be really tough," Jennifer Parisi, the daughter of the shelter\'s manager, told WFXT. "You can rebuild the building, but you can\'t get back those lives.

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Paxton MA firefighters trying to reach cats inside Sweetpea animal shelter. Still smokey. https://t.co/BDIsB56R8R
Paxton MA Sweetpea recently took ownership of this facility after renting. They were just getting started, they said https://t.co/Dw1BwEiVxd
Paxton MA fire Capt. Tom Savage comforts Stella who was rescued from a fire at Sweetpea shelter. https://t.co/NI9JxM2Ols
Paxton MA - building deemed a total loss. Sadly no cats survived. Some dogs also died. It appears 4 or 5 were saved. https://t.co/lZnleBSdrE
Paxton MA sobbing volunteers locked inside the kennels trying to warm the dogs rescued from Sweetpea shelter. Many naming dogs that are lost
Paxton MA some dogs being treated for smoke inhalation. Not all survived. https://t.co/uK2Y3Fohvl
PAXTON MA looks like good progress. Some dogs have been rescued. https://t.co/hmRYJBcrlm
Paxton MA Survivors are Brooklyn Sky, Davinci, Jade. Others being treated are Stella & Bebo. Paramedics acting as vet techs treating dogs
Tonight, sweetpea has lost almost everything. We would like to send a HUGE thank you to our community, without... https://t.co/vLhmPFnsmj
Update on Sweetpea shelter fire. Brooklyn Skye, Jade and Divinci are at vet in stable condition. Stella is in... https://t.co/MBynDXszB8
I'm raising money for Sweetpea animal shelter fire loss. Click to Donate: https://t.co/HByWEGwqQA via @gofundme
This is the saddest news I've heard all day https://t.co/SPGKisNYL1
The fire at the Sweetpea Animal Shelter in Paxton is so sad. Terrible.
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The fire struck Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter in the town of Paxton.

Of the more than 50 animals at the shelter, all but five were killed in the blaze. According to firefighters, the affected building is a total loss.

Firefighters said they did their best to bring animals out of the fire but could only bring out larger-breed dogs, which were treated for smoke inhalation.

The shelter said on its Facebook page three of those dogs are in stable condition; a fourth is in critical condition and has been rushed to Tufts University for treatment.

Crews were putting out cat food to try to capture any felines who may have survived the fire. One cat was found alive in the rubble and is in stable condition, according to the shelter.

At the moment, the cause of the fire is unknown, though owners said firefighters speculated it could have been electrical.

In a Facebook message posted after the fire was over, the shelter wrote, "Tonight, Sweetpea has lost almost everything. We would like to send a huge thank you to our community, without whom, we would have lost everything.

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