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USA: San Jacinto shelter becomes safe haven for animals as wildfires rage in California02:31

USA: San Jacinto shelter becomes safe haven for animals as wildfires rage in California

United States, California
August 4, 2020 at 18:28 GMT -00:00 · Published

San Jacinto animal shelter, located in California's Riverside County, has become a safe haven for animals, as wildfires rage in the Cherry Valley.

Field service Sergeant Leslie Huennekens, spoke to the press in Beaumont on Monday, stating that the facility already hosts around 20 animals, mostly cats and dogs, but also a goat.

"We receive calls from the public that call into our dispatch centre, asking us to evacuate their animals or to feed and water in place, depending on what their need is. It's much less stressful on the animal."

Huennekens explained that team members are "more than happy to go out and feed and water your animals in place" if there is a possibility to leave the pets safely at home reducing the animals' stress.

At least 7,800 Cherry Valley residents were issued mandatory evacuation order as the Apple wildfire expanded over an area of around 83,000 square metres (20,516 acres), with only five percent of the fire being contained, according to the local fire department. Red Cross workers were deployed to assist the residents of the affected area.

USA: San Jacinto shelter becomes safe haven for animals as wildfires rage in California02:31
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San Jacinto animal shelter, located in California's Riverside County, has become a safe haven for animals, as wildfires rage in the Cherry Valley.

Field service Sergeant Leslie Huennekens, spoke to the press in Beaumont on Monday, stating that the facility already hosts around 20 animals, mostly cats and dogs, but also a goat.

"We receive calls from the public that call into our dispatch centre, asking us to evacuate their animals or to feed and water in place, depending on what their need is. It's much less stressful on the animal."

Huennekens explained that team members are "more than happy to go out and feed and water your animals in place" if there is a possibility to leave the pets safely at home reducing the animals' stress.

At least 7,800 Cherry Valley residents were issued mandatory evacuation order as the Apple wildfire expanded over an area of around 83,000 square metres (20,516 acres), with only five percent of the fire being contained, according to the local fire department. Red Cross workers were deployed to assist the residents of the affected area.

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