A fire tore through a building at the Lynn County Animal Shelter on Wednesday, destroying the building and killing seven cats.
Crews were on the scene at 10:20 p.m., but by that time, the building was fully engulfed.
The adult cats were not in cages but none were able to find a way out of the burning building.
We are told that heating lamps were inside the small building but none were turned on, so the fire is under investigation.
The building is more than just a home for the animals, it was also the wellness center for animal treatment.
Ashley West is the animal services director for the Lynn County Sheriff's Department. She said the loss of the building is devastating to the shelter.
"We work really hard to get the animals adopted out," West said. "We want to find them all a home."
The building is just a year old. West says the new facility was a step in the right direction for the shelter.
"It's a devastating loss," West said. "We've been working for the last year not only to get the building but to get it in shape and in order to facilitate animals."
The two-room facility was separate from the building that houses dogs, so no other animals were hurt.
Two dogs remain at the shelter.
The shelter is accepting donations to rebuild the facility and restore supplies for the animals.
Donations can be sent to Lynn County Animal Services at:
PO Box 523
Tahoka, TX 79373
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