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Pets Lost In Lilac Fire Waiting To Be Claimed

Four unclaimed pets at the Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad are shown in this undated photo.
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Four unclaimed pets at the Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad are shown in this undated photo.

UPDATE: 4:35 P.M., Dec. 21, 2017

A 10-year-old turkey named Violet, brought in by county Animal Services during the Lilac Fire in the North County, is back home, but three animals remain unclaimed, authorities said Thursday.

In all, 33 animals were corralled by county animal officials during the chaos of the fire, with 30 now back home, according to Animal Services Director Daniel DeSousa.


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Remaining at the county shelter in Carlsbad are a 3-year-old male Chihuahua/terrier mix, rescued on Dec. 8 on Valle Del Sol in Bonsall; a 3-year- old spaniel, found on Via Montellano in Bonsall, that suffered severe but superficial burns on all of his foot pads and between the pads that could take weeks or months to heal; and a year-old cat, found in the Rancho Monserate community where numerous manufactured homes were destroyed. The feline has burnt paws and singed whiskers.

The blaze broke out Dec. 7 near Interstate 15 and Lilac Road and roared through Bonsall, where it created havoc at the San Luis Rey Downs horse facility and at ranches and homes that have a lot of animals. In all, the fire burned 4,100 acres, destroyed 157 structures between Fallbrook and Oceanside and killed 46 horses.

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The owner of the Chihuahua/terrier mix has until Friday to claim him. Two adoption holds have been placed on the canine, according to Animal Services.


Owners of the other two have until Christmas Eve to place their claims.

The shelter is located at 2481 Palomar Airport Road, and can be reached by phone at (619) 767-2675.

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