An estimated 800 dairy cows perished in a devastating fire in Steinbach, Canada, early Monday morning. As reported by Global News, crews with the Steinbach Fire Department were dispatched around 4:42 a.m. By the time that fire crews arrived, three barns were engulfed in flames. A fourth barn was subsequently destroyed.
Only 200 cows were saved from the Pennwood Dairy Inc. barns. As reportedy Steinbach Online, earlier this year, the dairy farm had stated that it intended to expand its cattle herd to 1,700.
The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but it broke out during milking operations. The farm employees escaped the barns without harm.
On Monday morning, the Winnipeg Humane Society wrote:
Over 800 dairy cattle have perished in a barn fire near Steinbach, Manitoba. The Winnipeg Humane Society strongly advocates for a complete revision of current animal housing standards, to mitigate barn fires from occurring and saving thousands of trapped animals from perishing in such a horrific manner.
(Image of dairy cows via Pixabay)
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