CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – Four dogs were killed and more than 50 rescued from a house fire Saturday night on E. Bel Air Blvd.
Clarksville Police said there was no one in the home at the time of the fire which was reported at around 7:45 p.m.
According to Montgomery County Animal Care and Control Director Jeanette Farrell, five dogs are in critical care due to smoke inhalation. The rest are now in protective custody at the shelter.
“Fire and Rescue was phenomenal,” Farrell said. “They got 17 dogs out immediately, so we were able to get them to the shelter right away.”
Once the scene was cleared, 10 Animal Control officers helped round up the remaining dogs. “This is a hoarding situation. They were breeding elderly dogs and this is a prime example of why we need regulations that require licensing of breeders,” Farrell said.
The home owners were reportedly in Kentucky. It’s not known how long the dogs were left unattended and it’s unclear what caused the fire.
Animal Control is in need of volunteers over the next several days. New volunteers are welcome but are required to complete paperwork including waivers.
Dozens of volunteers were on hand Sunday morning, walking dogs, cleaning cages and bowls and showing the animals lots of TLC.
The shelter is located at 616 N. Spring Street.
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