Lakeview Animal Sanctuary barn fire takes the life of at least 40 animals
BY: Rikki Cason | September 12, 2012
PENDLETON — Tragedy struck Pendleton on Tuesday night as a barn fire claimed the life of between 40 and 60 animals.
Around 8 p.m. Sept. 11, a barn fire began at the Lakeview Animal Sanctuary, 5180 Fiegle Road in Pendleton.
It has been reported that a number of chickens, rabbits, peacocks, goats, an alpaca, a pig and a llama died in the fire.
Also among the animals that lost their life was Oreo, the baby lamb that was born on Easter Sunday. He was recently part of a community name the baa-by lamb contest, where members of the public nominated names and ultimately voted his name to be Oreo on July 28.
Oreo’s mother and sister also passed away in the fire.
“It’s just devastating,” said Jay Krull, a representative for the sanctuary.
Krull said the Lakeview Animal Sanctuary is in the process of determining what they need and how they will move forward. They will re-build the barn, he said.
Until then, surviving animals have been relocated to temporary shelters. Among the animals that survived the fire were a number of horses and a donkey. Thomas B. Butterball, the local celebrity turkey, was also saved.
Their current biggest need is for hay, straw, feed and other animal supplies for the surviving animals. Krull said most of the food and supplies were destroyed in the fire. They are also in need of basic items, such as old towels and blankets.
Those wishing to help or donate can visit www.lakeviewanimalsanctuary.com or the Lakeview Animal Sanctuary’s Facebook page. There they can find a list of some needed items. There is also a link to donate to the sanctuary.
Krull said as more information becomes available and future plans are made for the sanctuary, they will post them on Facebook and in their newsletter, available through the website.
The cause of the Tuesday night fire is still unknown and an investigation is ongoing. Krull said it is believed to be a possible electrical fire.
The Wendelville Fire Company responded and fought the fire.
The Lakeview Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that provides homes for unwanted, injured, abused or abandoned animals.