FOLLOWING a devastating fire which claimed the lives of 23 cats the owners of Pinetrees Cattery near Penkridge have spoken of their pain and grief.
In a statement on the cattery's website, Lynn Durnall offered her deepest sympathies to the owners of the 20 cats who lost their lives in the blaze that ripped through the building on Friday morning.
“The pain and grief resulting from this tragic accident is unimaginable for all effected,” she said. “We would like to thank all of the people that have posted words of support and also to those that have offered help, and been up to visit us.”
She said most owners had now been contacted apart from one couple who were currently out of communication.
All the cats that were housed at the cattery at the time of the incident have now been identified and accounted for including three which were owned by Mrs Durnall.
Two surviving cats are still in the care of vets, both of which are expected to recover, although one will take longer because of the extent of his burns.
Mrs Durnall said: “All of the deceased cats are also being held at the local vets in Penkridge and will be kept there pending the wishes of the owners.
“For the people who are contacting us hoping we can take cats in the next week, we are unfortunately not able to operate at the moment,” she said. “Some pens did survive the blaze and if people can contact us later next week, we may have an idea when they could be used again.
“Once again our heartfelt sympathies to all of the owners who have lost cats, we share your devastation, and please call or come and see us if you need help or support in any way.”She said they would continue to update the website in order to keep people informed of any further developments.