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Dogs die in devastating animal shelter fire

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Two dogs died in a devastating weekend fire at a no-kill animal shelter in New Windsor, N.Y., reported Monday's Associated Press.

On Sunday, the Hudson Valley SPCA shared the devastating loss with their Facebook followers, stating:

We lost Harley and Johnny in today's fire. They were long-time residents here at the HVSPCA, and it is heartbreaking to know that their forever homes didn't come in time. Five more dogs are at Flannery's with smoke inhalation and burns.

But they will be OK! We lost our back kennel - housing for 35 dogs - but we will rebuild. We pray for those souls who were lost and have to be grateful that the losses weren't larger than this.

A volunteer firefighter was the first person to notice flames coming from the structure early Sunday morning.

One kennel area was destroyed by the blaze, but a second was spared thanks to the efforts of responding firefighters.

On Monday morning, the Hudson Valley SPCA updated the community on the current status of the shelter, and gave their thanks for the outpouring of generosity from individuals following the tragedy:

Following yesterday's fire, we will be closed for adoption hours today and tomorrow (Monday & Tuesday) as we clean and follow-up on the dogs who have been placed in foster care. Staff will be on site at all times. We are especially grateful for donations of cleaning supplies, contractor bags, work gloves, blankets, Purina/Pedigree dog chow, wet dog food, and of course financial contributions to help us rebuild. We thank you for you kindness and generosity during this difficult time!

The fire is believed to have been started in a clothes dryer.

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