Fire destroys Gordon County Animal Shelter

GORDON COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — The Gordon County Animal Shelter was destroyed after it went up in flames Wednesday night. Two cats did not survive but nearly two dozen dogs were rescued.

Burned rubble and debris are all that is left of the Gordon County Animal Shelter.

“Unfortunately we had a fire at the shelter that completely destroyed the shelter,” said Sue Henson, the director of the Gordon County Animal Shelter.

It caught on fire Wednesday night. Two cats didn’t make it, but 23 dogs survived. Some of them ran off after the fire.

“During the rescue there were several that bolted and we recovered two and two are still missing. And we are hoping to find them as soon as possible,” Henson said.

Some of the dogs were taken here to the City of Calhoun Animal Control.

“They arrived last night and took the animals we had last night and took it to their shelter,” Henson said.

They also had help from the community.

“People were willing to foster overnight. All of the animals now have been placed with rescues or have been adopted, so all the animals that were here have places to go,” she said.

If people are interested in adopting a dog, they can do that through the rescues. The shelter is also working on a donation program to help with what was lost.

Officials with the shelter realize it could have been worse and they are grateful the firefighters responded very quickly.

“I just want to thank the firefighters and the community. They did a wonderful job,” Henson said.

She appreciates all of the support.

“That’s meant a lot to me and my employees.”

The Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office is handling the investigation and is trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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