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Dozens of cats dead in fire at animal sanctuary in Central Valley

A fire at an animal sanctuary in the Central Valley has left dozens of cats dead.

An electrical fire broke out at the Last Hope Cat Kingdom in Atwater at about 1 a.m. Friday, according to Merced County Fire Department spokesman Jose Quintana. Firefighters were able to save about 200 cats from the no-kill animal shelter, but approximately 30 died of smoke inhalation, he said. 

Sanctuary staff could not be reached for comment, but an “urgent call for help” posted on its website asked for donations of items like blankets, dog houses, crates and tarps.

-- Abigail Sewell



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While the headline is not inaccurate, it's a little misleading in that while 30 cats died, over 200 were saved.

Rest In Peace Young G'z. It's A Cold World.

Oh no! Poor kitty cats ..


So sad. What a cat-tastrophe.

Well, the good news is that those cats don't have to live in Merced County anymore.

This is number 1 trillion 700 billion, 600 million times that the "invisible god" did absolutly nothing to help humanity. Happy New Year delusional atomitons!

I am saddened by their deaths, and wish they had all been rescued. I only wish more people were less jocular about this event, and ask what they could do to help. Is it so difficult for some of you commenters to become more serious about some things such as this? Perhaps you're a natural born comic--congratulations. But likely you're just smart alecs whose only priorities in life is to waste it, and laugh all the way. To you, I say, grow up--you won't be young for long. If you think you're immune to heartache and sorrow, guess again. It will happen, sooner than later, and then I would love to see you try to laugh it all away.

For those of you making jokes, there are places for joking. In the comments after a story about cats being killed is not one of those places.
I really wish I could help, but I'm in Ireland. I don't have the money to post crates and blankets.


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