Nearly two dozen dogs died after a fire broke out this week at a rescue facility in Tumwater, Washington. KIRO 7 News reported that 18 dogs perished from smoke inhalation at a facility run by Furever Home Rescue. The rescue agency stated that 19 dogs died in the fire, which is believed to have started from a dryer.
The Facebook page for the rescue group addressed the devastating blaze on Thursday:
I just landed in Washington after receiving a call from animal control and the fire department about a fire that spread in my facility. This is a very sad day, a horrible day. For some ppl this is just another reason to trash me and my rescue. 19 dogs lost their lives today at the fire. My heart is broken, my soul and my body are hurting.
The rescue, run by Sharon Gold, has been in business for seven years in Washington. Gold and her rescue agency have been investigated in the past after complaints were filed with Thurston County Animal Service; the agency has stated that no evidence of neglect or abuse has been uncovered during past investigations.
Animal Services has stated that the operation required a kennel license for the number of dogs who are held at the facility – Gold admitted that she did not yet have the license, but cited her recent move to the location as the reason.
(Photo screenshot via KIRO)