Cat buried alive for days in rubble from fire is being treated in Lexington

jmadden@herald-leader.comDecember 6, 2013 

Freckles was found in debris from the from a fire at the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter on Nov. 29.


A cat buried alive for days in rubble from a burned animal shelter is receiving treatment in Lexington.

Freckles, found Thursday in debris from a fire at the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter on Nov. 29, is being treated for burns and breathing problems at the Lexington Humane Society, the humane society said in a news release. The humane society's staff veterinarian, Dr. Liz Ubelhor, is treating the cat.

About four dogs and 10 cats died in the fire. Larry Centers, a battalion chief with the Oak Grove volunteer fire department, said part of the building's roof caved in, and firefighters were unable to reach some of the animals.

The Associated Press reported that Theresa Martin, a volunteer at the animal shelter, said that a burglar alarm was activated on a window, and that when police arrived, they saw the flames and called firefighters. Martin told the AP that investigators don't yet know whether someone tried to break into the shelter or whether the fire blew out a window and activated the alarm.

More information and information about donation to and adoption of pets from the Lexington Humane Society are available at

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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