Fire Devastates Jack Russell Terrier Refuge

The Mountans and their staff are devastated by the loss of those tiny lives, some of whom were saved from euthanasia only to succumb to the quick-spreading fire.

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A two-alarm fire broke out at a small rescue group in Rhinebeck, New York on Thursday morning.  Sadly, 13 Jack Russell terriers’ lives were claimed.  Others made it out alive, and are now in need of supplies, or even better – homes – while Russell Refuge rebuilds.

The Rhinebeck Fired Department was called out to 3500 Route 9G at 8:04 Thursday morning.  Chief Asher immediately called in a second alarm upon his arrival to the blazing Russell Refuge.

Dale Mountan and her husband Paul, an equine veterinarian, live on a horse farm in Rhinebeck, NY.  Dale started a small refuge for JRTs 25 years ago, and has since rescued over 1000 dogs from the northeastern US.

The wooden structure on the Mountans’ property that houses the pups caught fire and burned to the ground.  There were 19 dogs on the premises, with 13 of them perishing.  The Mountans and their staff are devastated by the loss of those tiny lives, some of whom were saved from euthanasia only to succumb to the quick-spreading fire.

“Donation made in honor of the senior Jack Russell they took, with great kindness, from my town shelter,” commented Barbara Perfetti Parish.  “He was going to be PTS and they gave him back his golden years.”

The six surviving dogs are being houses at a local veterinary office until another place for them to stay can be found.

Due to extensive damage, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

 

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If you would like to help Russell Refuge rebuild, please CLICK HERE.  They also have an Amazon Wish List.

 

An update from the rescue group came at 7 pm on Thursday:

We would like to thank everyone for the thoughts, prayers, emails and donations today. Many of you have been asking what items we need to take care of the terriers so we are asking for the following:

  • Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • Paper Towels
  • Tarps (clear and white – 12′ x 16′ and 10′ x 12′)
  • Small Size Milk Bones
  • Soft Treats for our Senior dogs (Milo’s Soft Treats)
  • Wellness WellBars
  • 1 quart Stainless Steel Bowls
  • Monetary donations (one-time and sponsorships)

At this time, we do not need any additional blankets or dog crates. Our mailing address is displayed below. Thank you again for your support of the Russell Refuge.

Russell Refuge, Inc.
PO Box 725
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

49 thoughts on “Fire Devastates Jack Russell Terrier Refuge

  1. Poor babies. These dogs have been rescued some of them from being euthanized and then die in fire! It’s my worst fear that my doggie will be home alone and a fire breaks out

  2. The more I learn about this tragedy the angrier I get as it was clearly avoidable

    What I have learned so far is that the outdoor kennels were at least partly wood with electrical lines and heating without water sprinklers.

    It is unthinkable to me that a dog rescue group would have outdoor kennels with wood construction without electrical lines and heating without water sprinklers

    I’m still trying to find out if they had a centralized fire and smoke alarm system

    They shouldnt rebuild unless they have the foresgnt to fix these issues

  3. DID THIS FACILITY HAVE A CENTRALIZED FIRE/SMOKE ALARM SYSTEM AND WATER SPRINKLERS?

    Tragedies like this could be easily avoided by taking a few simple steps including water sprinklers that turn on and quickly put out a fire

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