Most Animals in Stable Condition, 2 Pets Still Missing from Charlottesville Fire
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - 08/19/2019 9 p.m. Update:
One of the pets missing after Sunday's fire at Pet Paradise has been found.
According to Pet Paradise's Facebook page, the missing black cat Shadow has been found. The resort is still seeking help finding Bailey (dog) and Izzy (cat).
08/19/2019 5 p.m. Update:
One dog involved in Sunday's fire at Pet Paradise has died.
Virginia Veterinary Services confirmed one dog that had a severe pre-existing condition died on Monday morning. VVS says the fire was not a direct cause of the dog's death, but did cause additional stress in its weakened state.
Several animals are still missing following a fire Sunday night at a pet boarding facility in Charlottesville.
Emergency crews were called out to Pet Paradise on Concord Street around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 18. Firefighters and police officers worked for hours to rescue 75 pets.
"It was a very, very hot fire,” Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter said. “Dense, thick smoke. Zero visibility."
“This is probably one of the first situations like this we've came across since being open," said Dr. Tripp Stewart, Greenbrier Emergency Animal Hospital. "Who can take how many animals? Who was able to access the animals on the spot that night? Who could treat them if they needed treatment? And then, who could house them, which was the biggest problem."
As of Monday, August 19, 24 of out the 26 pets that had been receiving treatments were reconnected with their owners.
"Heat exhaustion, stress was a big one,” Dr. Stewart said. “And then there were a few dogs that were clearly covered in soot and smoke, and those dogs were starting to experience a little bit of respiratory problems."
“Yesterday, our Charlottesville resort suffered a fire, and two cats and one dog escaped during the chaos of this terrible event,” said Pet Paradise President & CEO Fernando Acosta-Rua in a press release. “As of this morning, we have contacted all the owners and notified them of their pet’s locations. We are hoping the Charlottesville community can help us search for these missing pets to reunite them with their families as quickly as possible.”
The company also reported that all of the pets that were listed in critical condition are now stable.
Pet Paradise is asking for people to call 434-293-7387 for information regarding the location of their animals.
“We are incredibly thankful to the first responders, veterinarians, community members and Pet Paradise team who rallied together to ensure the evacuation and safety of the animals in our care,” said Acosta-Rua. “Our team spent the night searching for the missing pets, and we will continue those efforts today. Our number one priority is bringing those pets home safely.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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08/19/2019 Statement from Pet Paradise:
UPDATE (Aug. 19, 9:44 A.M.) Our management team continues to be focused on ensuring the safety of all the pets at Pet Paradise Charlottesville after this emergency.
As of this morning, we have contacted all the owners and notified them of their pets locations.
The pets previously reported in critical condition are now in stable condition and being cared for by local veterinary hospitals.
We currently have two cats and one dog that escaped during the emergency last night. Our team spent the night searching for these pets, and our number one priority is locating them and safely returning them to our owners. Our efforts today will be focused on locating these pets.
Our management team will be available to answer any customer questions and can be reached at (434) 293-7387.
Again, we are so thankful to all the first responders and veterinarians for all their hard work and dedication to this emergency.
08/18/2019 Statement from Pet Paradise:
UPDATE (11:38 P.M.) Thank you to the first responders and local veterinarians for their quick and prompt response to our emergency this evening.
Currently, we have 10 pets that have been transported to emergency veterinarians. Pet Paradise Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jaime Pickett, has arrived and visited the veterinary hospitals and the pets in their care.
All Pet Paradise Charlottesville customers will be contacted within the next two hours about their pets by phone from management.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.