Dog may have escaped blaze

A DOG which was feared dead in a massive blaze at an animal sanctuary last week could still be alive. The Alternative Animal Sanctuary, which is located in countryside near Markyate, was engulfed in flames on Thursday night, killing five dogs, five geese,

A DOG which was feared dead in a massive blaze at an animal sanctuary last week could still be alive.

The Alternative Animal Sanctuary, which is located in countryside near Markyate, was engulfed in flames on Thursday night, killing five dogs, five geese, two chickens and a rabbit.

More than 100 other animals including cats and 34 horses were rescued from the inferno which around 50 firefighters spent the night tackling.

The blaze started in owner Tamara Lloyd's log-cabin home and in the strong winds it quickly spread to other outbuildings housing the rescued animals at the centre in Doone Brae Farm, Windmill Lane, close to Pepperstock.


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Polly, a brindle and black-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier was in the burning house but its thought she may have escaped as her body was not recovered.

Hairdressers in nearby Slip End have said that a dog fitting Polly's description was hit by a car in the village on Friday morning but they had no further details.

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Polly is aged between three and four, she is micro-chipped and she normally wears a collar - but this may have come off.

Anyone with information should contact 07818 406619.

To donate money to the sanctuary to help with the rebuilding process, log onto www.alternativesanctuary.co.uk

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