County Investigates Rescue Shelter after 2 Dogs Die

County Investigates Rescue Shelter after 2 Dogs Die

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For animal rescue groups the goal is to help animals, to hopefully save a life, so what happened to Robbie Fitzgerald last week shook her to her core.

"Nothing is going to make me feel better, nothing. When you watch them die and you have to go out there and bury them to let them down is just," said Fitzgerald.

Two dogs died at her kennel, The S.H.A.C.K., in Semmes.

There are just over 40 dogs normally she puts them up for the night in this shed. Last Sunday staff put them up in the afternoon not knowing what they would find when they got back.

"Nineteen dogs go in that particular building. My husband was the first one back from the event and he got here at about a quarter till four it was extremely hot and he noticed one of the dogs was down," said Fitzgerald.

The dogs apparently died of heat stroke. The county is now investigating the incident.

"She had quite a few there were too many animals out there and she tried to do some of the heavy lifting as well  and there were too many animals and we are trying to get them now into homes," said Mobile County spokesperson Nancy Johnson.

There are no plans right not for any disciplinary action on the S.H.A.C.K., but the county is sending out a second veterinarian to examine the facility.

Fitzgerald says what happened last week was terrible mistake and an isolated incident.

"The lesson is learned and it will never happen again on my watch. I will never let it happen again," said Fitzgerald.

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