VACAVILLE (CBS13) – In the chaotic moments on Friday when the Nelson Fire first started bearing down in Solano County, officers from the Vacaville Police Department jumped into action.

Right in path of the fire was the SPCA of Solano County, housing dozens of animals.

The Nelson Fire was just behind the Solano SPCA. (Credit: Vacaville Police Department)

The shelter had to evacuate, now.

With smoke just off in the distance, officers went right to work and started to help corralling animals. As captured on body cameras, officers ran into the building and started grabbing dog after dog, stuffing them into trucks, cars – and even patrol vehicles.

Officers had to rush in and help evacuate the shelter. (Credit: Vacaville Police Department)

Officers had to rush in and help evacuate the shelter. (Credit: Vacaville Police Department)

One dog, as seen in the video, is grabbed by an officer who then runs outside and puts the pup right in the front seat of a squad car.

The SPCA says a volunteer entered the building illegally after the evacuation as firefighters were outside ready to fight any flames that came close. Apparently, a few cats had been left behind. Both the volunteer and cats were later rescued.

Animals were stuffed into cars, trucks and even patrol vehicles. (Credit: Vacaville Police Department)

Animals were stuffed into cars, trucks and even patrol vehicles. (Credit: Vacaville Police Department)

 

All 60 of the animals at the shelter are now safe and it foster homes for the time being.

The shelter says they’ll be working to clean up ash and debris that fell around the kennels and around the property.

The Nelson Fire went on to burn 2,162 acres and was fully contained on Sunday.

Comments
  1. Valerie Hetrick says:

    The SPCA did wonderful work in looking after the animals! Please note, however, that part of the story has been inaccurately portrayed. The volunteer mentioned in the story did NOT illegally enter the facility, crossed no lines without permission, and required no rescue. In fact, it was that volunteer who took the extra step to ensure all animals had been evacuated and notified SPCA personnel that some cats had mistakenly been left behind. There were no firefighters (or any people) at the facility when he arrived. Once rescuers arrived in response to his notification and he saw that things were under control, he left. That volunteer deserves thanks for his dedication.

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