Vigil Held for Animals Killed in Fire

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM EDT


PENDLETON (WKBW) Last Tuesday, the Lakeview Animal Sanctuary burned down in a devastating barn fire, killing 83 animals. On Thursday, the local community gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember and to start the process of rebuilding.

"This is just a way for the whole community to get together, put closure on last Tuesday's night, and to start fresh and help rebuild and just start over again," vigil organizer Angela Blackely said.

Last week's fire at the Lakeview Animal Sanctuary turned a barn into ashes, but the roof and walls weren't the only thing that was lost, now as the owner looks to move on.

Supporters, employees, and animal lovers gathered in Pendleton to remember the 83 animals that were killed when the Lakeview barn went up in flames.

"If anyone has had an animal and lost an animal they know what I'm going through, but times 83. A big piece of me is ripped out," Sanctuary owner Sandi Pfohl said.

The sanctuary not only rescues animals and adopts them out to loving homes, but also runs programs for local school children.

But the sanctuary owner says that from tragedy, she has seen hope, as the response from the community in support has been overwhelming since the fire.

"There's been donations that have been coming in from outside the country. There have been people driving donations in for hours away just to drop off. They can't donate time but they can bring supplies that are needed," volunteer Elizabeth Allore said.

The owner says that with enough donations, she plans on re-building and re-opening the sanctuary as soon as she can.

If you would like to help or make a donation, head to http://lakeviewanimalsanctuary.org/index.htm.