60 animals at shelter rescued as flames approach

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Two police officers in California saw flames approaching an SPCA building and knew there were animals inside.

Body cam video shows what the pair did to get all the dogs and cats to safety.

“That’s a good doggie. Come on.”

It was a mad dash for Vacaville Police officers.

“Started frantically collecting cats and dogs,” Officer Carly Stone, of the Vacaville Police Department, said.

As the Nelson fire headed toward the SPCA in Solano County, Officer Stone was working down the road when she realized just how close the fire was getting to the animal shelter.

“This is going to be heartbreaking if we have to leave these animals here. There’s got to be something we can do. I don’t know how we’re going to do it but there’s got to be something.”

She jumped into action and her body cam video shows just how quickly she and another officer worked.

“Get in! get in! That’s a good dog!”

She grabbed dogs and cats, one by one.

All the while racing against the clock as the fire roared nearby.

“The flames got too close and we knew we had to leave.”

In just 10 minutes, they managed to save each of the 60 animals. Firefighters were able to save the SPCA building.

It was a relief for employees like Bridget Bloesch.

“We just put our full faith in them and we were thankful that they are so great to us and protect not only humans but the animals that we have here,” Bloesch said.

She’s grateful for the officers who risked their lives to save these animals.

“Even though there were these tragedies and these emergencies people were still able to open their heart and do good for others.”

“We just did what we would hope anybody else would do for our own pets,” Stone said.

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