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Four-Legged Victims of the Tea Fire

Animal Services Teams Searches Burn Areas for Stragglers

John Perry from Santa Barbara County Animal Services carries Cleo back to safety from the dog's Mountain Drive home.
Paul Wellman

It was only a matter of minutes, but John Perry of Santa Barbara County Animal Services had already managed to find two stray dogs that had lost their homes.

John Perry from Santa Barbara County Animal Services carries Quincy back to safety from the dog's Mountain Drive home.
Paul Wellman

Cleo was hunkered down by the back door of what used to be his home, no doubt wondering where his home went, let alone his owners. Just before Cleo was found, Perry had managed to find Quincy, who lives in the same home as Cleo.

Perry, sweating from multiple trips up a steep hill in the extremely warm temperature, got a tray of drinking water for the both of them before bringing them back to his pickup truck.

Animal Control Services was called to catch this goat on the loose along Mountain Drive, but it deftly escaped the workers.
Paul Wellman

Most animals are taken to County Animal Services. Cleo and Quincy, who each showed signs of singed paws, were going to the CARE Hospital. Many animals are being treated for smoke inhalation, Perry said, and a respiratory illness can follow.

Perry, who has rescued all kinds of animals-mostly domestics-including dogs, cats, turtles, and even goats, called the number of the owner on the tag to leave a message. Cleo, he reported to the dog’s owner, was “in good spirits and alive,” while Quincy was “doing good.”

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