A horrific weekend barn fire in Holliston, MA, claimed the lives of more than 40 animals, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) will be caring for three piglets who escaped the flames at its Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center.
The piglets were initially taken to Tufts Veterinary Hospital in Grafton, MA for treatment of second-degree burns on their feet and smoke inhalation. Additionally, ARL is caring for six chickens, four ducks, and two rabbits who survived the fire at its Dedham facility. While showing signs of fear and stress from the trauma, the animals are in good health.
A recent census taken at the barn recorded 60 animals, meaning that approximately 75 percent of the barn animals which included cows, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits, perished in the flames.
ARL responded the day of the fire to assist Holliston’s Animal Control Officer and first-responders on-scene in rounding up the animals who scattered after being freed from the barn. Once corralled, ARL was able to transport the animals and give them proper shelter, food, water, and physical examinations by ARL veterinary staff.
The animals will be with ARL for an undetermined amount of time and will continue to receive the ongoing care, compassion and support they need in the wake of the tragedy. ARL is always ready and willing to respond to emergency situations to help animals in need, however such care comes with varying degrees of cost. ARL is asking for donations to help offset those costs and anyone willing to donate towards the care of these animals and other animals like them can go online to arlboston.org/donate.