Twenty Dogs Recovering After Fire
A total of 24 dogs use to live in this mobile home in Belleview.
Last Thursday they were all trapped inside while a fire started in the kitchen.
Two dogs perished and two others were put down.
The dog's owner Mai Postal -Lanning said she was working when the fire ignited and got the news after hearing a voicemail.
"I just put down the phone and went screaming," said Lanning.
Lanning did not want to speak on camera, but said she does not abuse or mistreat her dogs.
She said there's a reason why she had so many dogs in one home.
"We were a rescue and we were trying to get these dogs out," said Lanning.
Lanning said she runs Zen Doggie Adoption and Rescue.
At first she started rescuing small dogs, but when the economy hit rock bottom she began taking in larger dogs.
"Then nobody was wanting to adopt the bigger dogs and that's where I ran into the problem," said Lanning.
On the day of the fire we spoke to neighbors who told us the dogs frequently escaped this property, but Lanning said that only happened a couple of times when she first moved here in 2007. After those incidents she decided to put a chain and a padlock to make sure her dogs wouldn't escape again.
Since 2010, Marion cCounty Animal Services has received seven complaints about Lanning.
Four potential cruelty complaints, an agressive dog, a loose dog and a barking complaint.
"However all of these cases, all these complaints after investigation were determined to be unfounded," said Elaine McClain with Marion County Animal Services.
McClain said the dogs that were rescued showed no indication of abuse, so they were given back to Lanning.
"There is no law in Marion County relating to the number of animals you can have. The laws are only relating to their care," said McClain.
Even though it is not illegal to have 24 dogs in one home, Lanning said she won't be rescuing as many animals as she did in the past.
The dogs that were rescued have no burns, but some got ulcers in their eyes and they are all getting medical attention for inhalation problems.
Some of the dogs are at Maricamp Animal Hospital and others are at Magnolia Animal Hospital.
Lanning said me the medical bills are going to cost about $5,000.
If you would like to donate to help with medical costs e-mail Lanning at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the animal hospitals.
Maricamp Animal Hospital 352-624-0300
Magnolia Animal Hospital 352-622-7143
If you want to be a foster parent for one of the "fire dogs" visit the website below:
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