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Three cats die, more than 40 ill after fire at Mansfield rescue

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On Friday night, a fire destroyed Stop The Overpopulation of Pets (STOP) cat rescue in Mansfield, Ohio.

Firefighters, employees, and neighbors worked to rescue the nearly 50 cats during the bitter cold temperature after a fire started in the basement.

Three cats died in the blaze, and several others are missing and presumed dead. Two possibly ran off into the cold night and have not yet been found, according to owner Diana Nolen.

Forty-one of the cats are being treated for smoke inhalation and respiratory stress.

The Mansfield Animal Advocacy Examiner personally knows this rescue and knows how much love and attention the cats there receive. STOP has always been there for the hard-luck cases, taking in cats which are blind, sick, or suffering after being abused.

I ask that you please consider donating to help the cats, and this great rescue. According to Diana, many of the cats are not doing well.

Their fundraiser page can be found here.

Donations can also be made by checks made out to STOP, c/o Diana Nolen, 2555 Wahl Drive, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

Donations of food, litter and supplies can be dropped off at the Hull Vet Clinic, 1300 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44904 or the Shelby Police Station, Wareham Road, Shelby, Ohio.

Temporary housing is also needed, since along with the fire damage, the basement ceiling collapsed, the wiring melted, and the plumbing, furnace and water heater will all have to be replaced.

As for all the cats recovering, Diana Nolen says, “I'm praying for a miracle.”

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