Cat emerges alive from rubble of burned shelter

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Originally published December 6, 2013 at 6:28 p.m., updated December 6, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.

Nearly a week after an eastern Kentucky animal shelter burned, crews have found a cat alive in the rubble.

Lexington Humane Society Director of Development Madison Carey says Freckles the cat was found Thursday in the remains of the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter by an insurance investigator. The blaze on Nov. 29 killed about a dozen dogs and cats.

Carey says Freckles was in serious but stable condition on Friday. She is being treated by the agency's staff veterinarian for severe burns, dehydration and breathing problems.

"Her will to survive is amazing," Carey said, but added that it would be a while before she is well again.

"We're expecting a long road to recovery for her," she said.

Shelter volunteer Theresa Martin has said that officials aren't sure what caused the fire.

She said a burglar alarm was activated on a window, bringing the police who saw the blaze and called in firefighters. But officials don't yet know whether someone tried to break into the shelter or whether the fire blew out a window and activated the alarm.

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