Cat found alive in rubble one week after animal shelter fire

(WBIR- Knox County, KY) A cat was found alive in rubble, with burnt paws and singed whiskers, one week after flames destroyed a Kentucky animal shelter and killed three dozen pets.

According to Theresa Martin, with the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, an insurance investigator was searching through the burnt debris when they found 'Freckles the Cat' Thursday. That was the first time anyone was allowed inside of the building since Friday's fire.

Martin said Freckles was quickly transported to Lexington Humane Society so the on-sight veterinarian could provide immediate care.

"She's in serious, but stable condition," said Martin. "Her will to survive is just amazing."

Martin said Freckles had serious burns, was dehydrated, and in respiratory distress. She received hydroptherapy Friday because her paws were burned.

"She is so sweet. She's was purring all morning and got lots of love and attention from staff," said Martin. "But she has a long road to recovery."

Martin said a dog that had been unaccounted for was also found. They captured Ziggy Thursday after he roamed around the woods for five days.

Thirty-four cats, at least one dog, and a guinea pig all died inside the shelter late Friday night. Of the 37 cats that lived in the shelter, only four survived, including Freckles.

Martin said the shelter has secured a temporary warehouse in Corbin, where they will begin accepting rescues again soon.


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