BC SPCA animal protection officers were able to rescue 41 animals from 27 different properties behind fire evacuation lines in Lytton on Thursday (July 8).
The agency was granted access to the area between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to search for animals in the area following the devastating fire of June 30 hat destroyed much of the Fraser Canyon village.
Working from lists provided by residents to the BC SPCA Helpline, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Lytton First Nations, SPCA officers found and brought to safety 12 cats, five kittens, four dogs and 20 farm animals.
The animals are being transported to the BC SPCA’s animal evacuation centre in Kamloops or to veterinary clinics, if needed, while the farm animals were transferred to foster homes.
“At the evacuation centre, the animals can be claimed by their owners if they are staying somewhere they can keep them, or we can provide free emergency shelter if needed,” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA.
“We are here to support the residents of Lytton and their animals however we can.”
The rescue efforts were carried out by 10 SPCA animal protection officers and two shelter staff, with additional staff and volunteers on hand to care for incoming animals.