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Dogs dumped at animal shelter
It will cost north of $12,000 to attend to the medical needs of 38 small dogs that were dumped at the front gate to Richmond Animal Protection Society sometime late Thursday or early Friday morning.
Animal shelter executive director Carol Reichert came to work Friday morning to discover the Terriers, Yorkies and Chihuahuas left in 20 rusted metal cages that had been covered with a tarp.
"Our shelter life has changed quite drastically within a few hours. But they're all in good health and lovely little dogs and just in need of vet care," Reichert said Friday afternoon, who said the shelter will be spaying and neutering the dogs, and attending to other medical needs, before they are adopted out.
It was a shocking sight to see the animals left at the shelter, stretching the facility's resources to the breaking point
But sadly that wasn't the only shock to Reichert's system last weekend.
Reichert and her husband barely escaped alive early Sunday morning following a pair of explosions and a blaze that gutted their home on Saunders Road, east of No. 3 Road.
Reichert was asleep on the first floor of her home when she awoke to the sound of an explosion shortly before 3 a.m.
Her voice still raw from screaming to her husband, who was sound asleep upstairs, Reichert told The Richmond Review Tuesday that they and one of their pets were running out their front door when another explosion pushed them out, flames nipping at their heels.
Reichert figures they were mere seconds away from dying.
But she did lose some of her pets, she said.
The explosions blew out the front and back doors to their two-storey house.
"I screamed fire three or four times. It's amazing he even heard me. When we hit the bottom stair, the back wall came flying in."
Reichert said she's fully insured on the house, and so they don't have to worry about that.
And her neighbours have stepped in to assist.
"We're well cared for. My neighbours were awesome. They had us all fully clothed within minutes."
Meanwhile, the Richmond RCMP are investigating.
Another dozen animals were also dumped around that same time at an animal shelter in New Westminster.
Reichert said the animals will need to be dewormed and vaccinated as well. And the adoption process will begin in about 10 days.
Considering the good condition of the animals, Reichert said she believes the animals were loved and well cared for.
"It must have been a desperate situation for them to have to do that."
On Tuesday, the shelter staff were still dealing with the aftermath.
"We have been swamped with people coming to visit the dogs (a good thing)," wrote Kara Frederick, assistant manager.