In Daleville, Alabama, an early Tuesday morning fire broke out killing a woman and 50 dogs and cats at the All Breeds Animal Rescue. Jane Clancy, 75, died while trying to save the animals stuck in the building.
According to the Southeast Sun, the rescue had been in operation since 2010. About 2:00 a.m., Police Chief William Powell, Assistant Fire Chief David Grubbs and the Daleville Fire Department responded to the call about a fire. By the time the fire department arrived, the building had been fully engulfed in flames.
“She heard all the animals – she had over 20 dogs and no telling how many cats inside the house, and she ran back in,” stated Chief Powell. “It (fire) was fully involved when she went in there.”
It has been reported 17 animals survived and have been placed with neighboring shelters. On the organization’s Facebook page, the only new post read:
“Sorry we are closed til further notice. Dogs will be going to other rescues, will let you know who is where. Thank you Dothan Animal shelter, wiregrass humane society, saveapet Dothan for your help.”
Followers of the rescue have expressed their shock and sorrow over Jane Clancy’s death.
“Jane Clancey passed away doing what she loved and only respect should be given right now. She gave her last dying breath for those animals.”
Chief Powell described Jane’s death as “devastating” and described the woman as a “pillar of the community and always someone you could lean on if you had an animal problem…”
Rest in peace Jane Clancy as well as the dogs and cats you so desperately tried to rescue. You are a hero, and you will be missed.
(Photo of Daleville All Breeds Animal Rescue via Facebook ESther Harrell Tartaglia)
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