HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — An unknown number of animals were killed in a structure fire that closed a portion of a Hanover County road Friday afternoon.
“My stomach dropped, my heart dropped it’s something you never like to hear,” said Impawsible Pups Owner Valerie Paul. “To think of how they perished is just tragic.
When firefighters responded to the blaze in the 15000 block of Mountain Road, they found flames coming from the front door of a single-story structure.
The fire has been extinguished and the Hanover Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating. A portion of Mountain Road, near St. Peter’s Church Road, was temporarily closed.
Fire crews searched the area twice and no injuries have been reported, however, Hanover Fire-EMS wrote on Twitter that, “an unknown number of animals were lost in the fire.”
The residence received heavy damage to the interior of the structure. At this time, an unknown number of animals were lost in the fire. Hanover Animal Control has been requested to assist with securing additional animals on the property. pic.twitter.com/94kgTnqa76— Hanover Fire-EMS (@HanoverFireEMS1) November 16, 2018
Paul is heartbroken because these situations could be avoided if people notice there are too many animals on a property, “Lots of animals in a small space, lots of noise. They might be under weight, they might have flees or ticks or any other sorts of parasites or other sorts of illnesses as well.”
She says it’s nothing against the owners, they usually care about the animals, but may not be able to properly take care of them.
“Talk to the owner, see if they need help,” said Paul.” And then encourage them to work with a rescue and maybe re-home some of these animals.”
And if you come across someone not willing to change, “Hanover, I know, does have certain animal and kennel laws, so if it’s over five animals in Hanover really then at some point the authorities should be involved.”