Eighteen cats and two birds were killed during a Berlin, CT house fire five days ago, but firefighters were able to save eight other pets including seven other cats and one sheep dog named Quigley. Another cat remains missing.
"They look healthy. They're traumatized, obviously, but they look healthy. They're good weights," Jan Lund, the animal control officer for Berlin, said, which took possession of the animals following the incident.
The blaze broke out just after 1:30 a.m. in the town of Berlin, and the female homeowner, Katherine O'Leary, was able to escape without being injured. O'Leary is expected to check on her animals on Thursday.
Animal control plans to go over the pet records and make sure the pets are neutered in good health before returning them to O'Leary.
No local ordinance in Berlin limits the number of pets a resident can have, Lund said, and neighbors have not issued any complaints with animal control.
The fire appears to have started in the mudroom and officials are investigating the cause, according to Matt Odishoo, the deputy fire marshal of Berlin.