Pets also seek refuge at fairgrounds due to High Country fire

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FLAGSTAFF - The Schultz fire has not only forced people to evacuate their homes but it has also left some pets in dire straits.

3TV’s Carina Sonn spent the day in where a line of worried residents were waiting.” Percy Piestewa, one evacuee, said, “They've got a sheriff coming around to take people up there.”

Some homeowners were trying to get past road blocks to check on their furry family members.

Piestewa and her husband are heading home for the first time since the Shultz fire began only to discover their home is in danger.

At the Coconino County Fairgrounds two separate fires forced animals to move from one shelter to the next. On Saturday animals from the Coconino Humane Society were moved to the Second Chance Shelter when they were forced out by the Hardy Fire.

All those animals were then moved again because of the Shultz Fire. Eric Waldon, with Second Chance Shelter, explains, “We were required to evacuate on Sunday afternoon by the county so in an hour’s time we evacuated 170 animals.”

For now the shelter is home to more than a dozen evacuated animals. Their families were forced to leave them behind for now.

If you live in the area, are evacuated and cannot take your pet with you, take it to the Coconino County Fairgrounds.

Also, if you would like to help Second Chance Shelter, Waldon says they really need clean blankets and monetary donations.