KILLEEN (November 1, 2009)—A fire that started early Sunday in the kitchen area of the Second Chance Animal shelter at 5510 Clear Creek Rd. in Killeen claimed the lives about 100 dogs and cats, most of which evidently died or had to be put down because of smoke inhalation.
The shelter’s operators issued an urgent appeal for donations and assistance Sunday, which they say they need in order to keep the shelter in operation.
Killeen firefighters responded to the shelter just after midnight Sunday morning.
Most of the fire damage was contained to the kitchen area, but smoke filled the 5,000-square-foot building.
The no-kill; shelter opened in March 1998 and typically houses about 200 animals.
Animals kept at the shelter are euthanized only if they are terminally ill or too aggressive to be adopted.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.