UDATE: Fire At Hudson Valley SPCA Kills Two Dogs

12:30PM: Staff and volunteers at the Hudson Valley SPCA shared their sorrow at this morning's fire, which destroyed a 35-cage kennel and killed two dogs.

"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," the SPCA said on Facebook. 

They also shared their gratitude at the immediate outpouring of help. 

"We are overwhelmed by the willingness of the community to offer foster homes. At this time, we need to place only a few more in order to get down to a number that we can shelter tonight. They are all LARGE dogs. Thank you to everyone!!!"


8:10AM: A blaze this morning at the Hudson Valley SPCA in Orange County has destroyed one kennel, killing several of its inhabitants.

"We woke this morning to a fire in our back kennel," the SPCA posted on its Facebook page at 7:20 a.m. "Several dogs have died and the building is ruined. At this time we are desperate for foster homes to help shelter our dogs. Please inbox us if u can assist!"

The animal shelter is located on Little Britain Road in New Windsor. 
Jen L. March 25, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Why bother posting something uncaring and heartless here? Those poor dogs must've been terrified and suffered greatly before they died. I think it's really sad. I'm just glad they were able to save some of them.
Robert F. March 25, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Evidently, you people just don't get it. My comment was not to minimize or deride the sad demise of the dogs. It was to point out the idiocy of using terminology that is specifically used to allude to human death, in the context of the animal kingdom (...."we pray for those souls....") To me, this is tantamount to a spiraling descent away from our Judeo-Christian roots towards paganism, where animals are exalted to a level equal or, God forbid, above humankind. Why not try expressing the same empathy for children mired in poverty and hopelessness with your words and pocketbooks?
Brad Mills March 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Robert F. You should learn about St Francis of Assisi. But be forewarned, you might be shocked.
Robert F. March 26, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Brad, I am aware of St. Francis' compassion for animals and the annual blessing of the animals, etc. Please do not confuse compassion with this disturbing trend towards exalting animals to the same level as humankind. God gave man dominion over the animals, as explained in Genesis. I'm no biblical scholar, but I think that if you are Christian, then what we are told in scripture supersedes our personal interpretation, which may include the mistaken idea that animals exist on an equal basis with man. I love animals and would never torment, kill or otherwise abuse an animal, but they exist for the use of man as a source of food, beasts of burden, companionship, etc. I just object to this increasing national confusion of priorities and values with respect to human and animal life.
KD Q April 02, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Jeez Rob it was quoted... now why dont you go play with the craft foam and snack will be out soon..


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