Greater Birmingham Humane Society needs help after truck catches fire

Greater Birmingham Humane Society needs help after truck catches fire
A GBHS truck caught fire early Tuesday morning. (Source: GBHS Facebook)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) is asking for help after their animal care and control truck caught fire.

According to their Facebook post, the fire happened at 1:15 Tuesday morning. No one was hurt.

“Luckily GBHS Animal Control Officer, Victoria Lewis, along with the dog she was rescuing are both fine. Thank goodness Victoria and the animal had just left the truck. While we did successfully raise funds to replace three animal control trucks this past year, this loss came unexpectedly, at a time when we have been hit hardest," Allison Black Cornelius with the GBHS said.

The GBHS said insurance will only pay for the value of the truck, leaving them to come up with an additional $30,000 to $40,000 to replace it.

The trucks are used on animal rescue calls and provide backup for law enforcement who encounter animals during investigations or arrests, They also respond to hoarder’s homes and puppy mills and help first responders who encounter pets at fires or health emergencies.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a truck can also have their company’s logo put on the side.

Donations can be made on the GBHS Facebook page or here.

Please help GBHS replace our animal control truck lost in a caught fire Tuesday.

At 1:15 a.m. Tuesday morning one of our Animal Care & Control trucks spontaneously caught fire. Luckily GBHS Animal Control Officer, Victoria Lewis, along with the dog she was rescuing are both fine. Thank goodness Victoria and the animal had just left the truck. While we did successfully raise funds to replace three animal control trucks this past year, this loss came unexpectedly, at a time when we have been hit hardest. Insurance will only pay for the value of the truck - leaving us with an additional $30,000 - $40,000 to raise to replace it. If you can help by giving to this effort, please do. We use these trucks to run 24/7 animal rescue calls, to provide backup for law enforcement who encounter animals during investigations or arrests, to respond to hoarder's homes and puppy mills, and to help first responders who encounter pets at fires or health emergencies. These trucks are the reason we can respond to your plea for help for an animal in need. If you are interested in sponsoring a truck, we can also put your company's logo on the side. Please help. Donations can be made here on Facebook or via this link: https://gbhs.harnessapp.com/wv2/campaign/1685

Posted by Greater Birmingham Humane Society on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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