Animals transported to Leander after fire


Forty-one dogs were rescued from a fire in Killeen that left them homeless.

After arriving to the scene of the incident and seeing the number of animals living at the residence and in need of rescue, Killeen Animal Services contacted Texas Humane Heroes to help take in the dogs and place them in homes. 

“The Animal Control Officers are just so incredibly thankful we’re here and could arrive as fast as we could,” Killeen Adoption Center Manager, Jenna Gunshinan, said. “The second you walk into the building, you can smell the smoke. Most of the dogs were covered in ash and soot.”

Animal Control Officer Amanda Dilworth reported that two dogs suffered minor injuries. One dog experienced smoke inhalation while the second, a 12-week-old puppy, suffered from burns on its paw pads, nose and received a cut on its side. One dog died in the fire. All the other dogs are in stable condition with no life-threatening injuries.

“It feels great to be here firsthand and help out,” Gunshinan said. “Even with what all the dogs have just been through, they are all

sitting in the kennels just wanting to be loved on.”

According to Texas Humane Heroes, the owner of the house that burned down was reportedly unofficially trying to foster and help the


The dogs are small mixed breeds, most under the age of one. Many of the dogs will be placed into foster homes for various reasons until they are ready for adoption. There is one nursing mom of two puppies and another female that is pregnant, as well as puppies under eight-weeks-old. 

The dogs were transported to Texas Humane Heroe’s Leander Adoption Center and assessed by staff. 

Texas Humane Heroe’s Marketing Manager Christine Rankin said the community has already started rallying around them. Two other animal groups volunteered to help get the dogs to Leander, while others have offered medical help. They hope the community will help give the animals a chance at a forever home.