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New Winsdor ASPCA fire leaves 2 dogs dead, 35 others displaced

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Albany/HV: New Winsdor ASPCA fire leaves 2 dogs dead, 35 others displaced
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A fire at the Hudson Valley ASPCA in New Windsor kills two dogs and displaces 35 others. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Alexandra Weishaupt has more as volunteers begin picking up the pieces.

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. -- “It’s horrible, yeah, it’s horrible,” said volunteer Ronald Troiano. “Especially for us, we just love all our dogs.”

Ron Troiano consoled an animal as other volunteers assessed the damage, trying to figure out what to do with all the dogs in need of temporary shelter after a fire destroyed the newest building on the site.

“Of course for anybody that works for an animal shelter, this is the greatest fear that you ever have,” said volunteer and board member Heather Hallack.

The fire was spotted around 6 a.m. Five animals were taken to Flannery Animal Hospital for further treatment, but two others weren’t as lucky and succumbed to smoke inhalation.

“The two who perished were actually here for a couple of years, so we all got to know them quite well, so it’s sad to see that that’s the way they went,” said Hallack.

With the building deemed a total loss, shelter volunteers said they're in need of quick assistance.

“Any help the community can give us, food donations and such, would help the dogs that are surviving,” said Vice President of the Hudson Valley SPCA Tom DiCarrado.

“If people are able to open their homes as fosters we have medium to large size dogs who are going to need to be temporarily placed,” said Hallack. “We’ll figure everything out. We have to.”

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