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Dogs rescued as fire guts animal shelter in SW Virginia

Marci Gore, NET News Service • Dec 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

GATE CITY, Va. — More than a dozen dogs are safe after a fire destroyed Scott County's animal shelter early Wednesday morning.

Jake Dougherty is the county's litter control and deputy animal control officer and said workers at the nearby Scott County landfill spotted the flames around 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday.

"An employee with Scott County Transfer started moving some of the dogs and shutting the panels in their kennels that keep them from going in and out. He locked them outside so they were safe and away from the smoke," Dougherty said. "The fire started on one end and worked its way to the other end. Pretty much everything that could burn, did burn. It's a total loss as far as the building is concerned."

Doughtery said it appears the fire may have started in a truck that was parked next to the shelter.

Kingsport Times-News: The investigation into the fire's cause.

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