Sacto 9-1-1
August 24, 2011
Efforts made to care for pets of Lincoln tanker fire evacuees

By Cathy Locke

Emergency aid workers in Lincoln endeavored tonight to help not only people displaced from their homes due to the burning propane tanker but their pets as well.

Noah's Wish set up an emergency animal shelter at Azevedo Park in Rocklin, but many people arrived at evacuation shelters with their pets in tow.

"People want to stay with their pets," said Trista Jensen, communication director with the American Red Cross, who was assisting at the Lincoln Community Center, one of three evacuation shelters in the city.

Although animals were not permitted inside the building, people were allowed to have their pets outdoors.

Placer County Animal Control officers also shuttled residents back and forth to their homes in the evacuated area to retrieve or feed pets left behind.

Farmers Insurance, which staffed an information booth at the Community Center, also brought along a supply of dog food.

Irene Martinez said her home was about three blocks from the site where the propane tanker was burning. When told to evacuate Tuesday, she, her husband, their two daughters and two dogs went to the local dog park. When it became evident that they would not be able to return home that night, they were fortunate enough to find a motel the allowed pets, Martinez said. The family, along with their dogs - Simba, a Pomeranian, and Laila, a boxer -- stopped by the Community Center tonight for updates on the emergency.

Michael Harrop, whose wife is due to deliver a baby in three weeks, said he and his family were staying in a motel in Roseville. But he was waiting for Animal Control officers to take him to his home this evening to feed parrots that the family had to leave at behind.

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