Update: Lakeview Animal Sanctuary fire takes the lives of almost 70 animals, vigil planned
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 shovels, rakes, old blankets, plastic totes, plastic garbage cans, building materials and a storage shed for all donations.The public is welcome to drop donation off at the sanctuary.
There is also a need this weekend for volunteer after 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, to help with clean up.
Eventually with the building of a new barn, the sanctuary will need harnesses, saddles, animal brushes, wool sheers and any other pet care/supply product.
Those wishing to make a monetary donate can visit www.lakeviewanimalsanctuary.com.
An account for donations has also been set up at Key Bank.
There will be a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the sanctuary, to remember and pay respects to all the animals lost that day.
Krull said as more information becomes available and future plans are made for the sanctuary, they will post them on the Lakeview Animal Sanctuary’s 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.