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Volunteers, supporters respond to SPCA fire

As investigators probe the cause of Monday night's fire, supporters have already begun trying to help the SPCA rebuild.
Fire destroyed the SPCA of Western Quebec's animal shelter north of Aylmer on Monday, July 2, 2018. (Jason White/1310 NEWS)

As investigators probe the cause of a fire that destroyed a west Quebec animal shelter, supporters are coming together to try to help the shelter rebuild.

The SPCA of Western Quebec was destroyed by fire, Monday night. Current and past volunteers and staff members stopped by the site, Tuesday -- many of them in tears at the loss of so many animals.

"We all worked together and took them for walks, and always tried to find them good homes," said Vanessa Weaver, a former volunteer and past employee. "It was like a family, for me."

The exact number of animals killed by the fire is not yet known. Gatineau firefighters say they were able to rescue 12 dogs before the building began to collapse. The Outaouais SPCA, which is separate from the SPCA of Western Quebec, has taken in six dogs displaced by the fire and say the dogs are in good condition.

There was a power outage in the area, around the time of the fire. Hydro-Quebec and Gatineau fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Already, supporters have begun trying to help the SPCA rebuild. A fundraiser is being planned for Sunday in Carleton Place, involving swimming, live music and prizes. Meanwhile, a Gofundme page has been set up to collect donations for the SPCA.

Jason White

About the Author: Jason White

Jason is an award-winning reporter at CityNews Ottawa. He brings about two decades of experience in news, with stops in Halifax and Toronto.
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