Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue Fire

Postby Marinepits » August 6th, 2008, 8:21 am

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/suffo ... 8763.story

Animals feared dead in fire
BY EMERSON CLARRIDGE | Special to Newsday; Bill Mason contributed to this story.
August 6, 2008
At least 10 dogs and cats may have perished in a fire last night at a Stony Brook home that police said was owned by "animal lovers."

The fire, which destroyed the large house on 45 Blydenburgh Lane, belonged to Dori Schofield, the founder of Port Jefferson Station-based animal rescue group Save-A-Pet, according to Natalie Fitterman, 46, of Coram, who said she is a longtime friend. Police and fire officials could not confirm the identity of the homeowners and they could not be reached.

Firefighters were combing through the house last night looking for animals.

"Her generosity and caring for animals knows no bounds," said Fitterman, as she stood on a nearby street blocked by fire and police vehicles.



Police said Dori Scofield and her husband, Gary, were not home and they had no information about how many and what type of animals may have died in the fire. Fitterman said that, in addition to the cats and dogs, there were horses, pigs and rabbits on the property but their condition was unknown.

Fitterman said Scofield had donated money to save the pit bull Maximus, who had been tethered to a tree and burned last year in a highly publicized case of animal cruelty. The dog ultimately died.

Two firefighters were taken to hospitals for heat exhaustion.

The fire was reported at 8:37 p.m. No information was available about its cause. The Suffolk police arson squad was investigating.




http://www.wnbc.com/news/17107760/detail.html

Pets Perish In L.I. House Fire, Authorities Say

POSTED: 7:04 am EDT August 6, 2008
NEW YORK -- At least 10 dogs and cats may have perished in a fire last night at a Stony Brook home that police said was owned by animal lovers.

The fire, which destroyed the large house on 45 Blydenburgh Lane, is believed to belong to Dori Scofield, the founder of Port Jefferson Station-based animal rescue group Save-A-Pet.

Firefighters were combing through the house last night looking for animals.

Police said Dori Scofield and her husband, Gary, were not home at the time and they had no information about how many and what type of animals may have died in the fire.

Fitterman said in addition to the cats and dogs, there were horses, pigs and rabbits on the property, but their condition was unknown. We used Stringer spec of the fire.


Their website: http://www.saveapetli.net/
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Postby iluvk9 » August 6th, 2008, 9:46 am

This is such a horrible story....Dori and my friend Gerda started SAP. It was where all my dogs came from.

Dori is a phenomenal dog rescuer, owning many Pit Bulls herself.

Please pray for her to have the strength to get through this.
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Postby mnp13 » August 6th, 2008, 9:50 am

Have you been in contact with her? Is there anything that they need that we can help with?
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Postby iluvk9 » August 6th, 2008, 9:58 am

mnp13 wrote:Have you been in contact with her? Is there anything that they need that we can help with?



No, I haven't contacted her as we have fallen out of touch. She is well liked in the animal-loving community so I am sure she will have lots of emotional and financial support.
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Postby Jenn » August 6th, 2008, 11:19 am

How utterly horrible. :(
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Postby Marinepits » August 6th, 2008, 5:38 pm

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Postby iluvk9 » August 6th, 2008, 5:42 pm

I can't stop crying for those dogs. I mean they had a wonderful life with her, but this is just so heartbreaking.

I was told by some insiders that the dogs died of smoke inhalation. MAYBE it wasn't as painful as the other alternative.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » August 6th, 2008, 6:28 pm

How tragic. :(
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Postby Judy » August 6th, 2008, 7:40 pm

This is awful, I am so sorry to hear about this :(
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Postby nicole » August 7th, 2008, 8:03 am

oh my God, this is just so tragic. I evaluated 2 mastiffs last year at a LI kill shelter and this rescue ended up taking them in. They placed the corso, and one of the directors adopted the bullmastiff herself. I'm praying for them...this is so sad.

I can't view the video at work but I'm already crying...I can't even imagine. A house fire is one of my biggest fears. Poor souls...rest in peace :cry:
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