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Tuesday, August 7

Saving domesticated animals from Mendocino Complex fires

Photo: ASPCA

I don't want to think about how many wild animals have died in these fires, but there is large effort to save the domesticated ones that owners trying to escape the fast-moving fires couldn't take with them.  

ASPCA steps in to rescue piglets, llamas, cats, dogs from Mendocino Complex fire
By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE
Updated 10:55 am PDT, Tuesday, August 7, 2018
SF Gate [San Francisco] with reporting from the Associated Press

[See SFGATE website for 54 photographs of the fires and rescues including the one above]

Piglets, llamas and other types of domesticated animals have been rescued from a massive duo of wildfires burning in Mendocino and Lake counties.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) joined members of Lake County Care and Control to rescue and shelter more than 2,500 animals displaced by the Mendocino Complex fire, considered the second-largest wildfire in state history as of Monday.

Responders from both agencies are checking individual residences for pets or livestock left behind, and conducting wellness checks to provide food and water at the behest of pet owners.

Those wishing to report lost pets or request rescues can contact Lake County Animal Care & Control at (707) 263-0278.

"The wildfires in Northern California are putting pets and their owners in tremendous risk, and we're proud to support Lake County Animal Care and Control to help rescue and care for those animals," said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA, in a statement.

Displaced animals are sheltered in a 30-foot trailer specifically designed to house a variety of animals in emergencies. Follow-up teams will later assist in relocation of the rescued animals.

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