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Animal lovers working to rescue pets left in Fort McMurray

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An advocacy group was able to save about 230 pets before they had to leave the area

ALBERTA (NEWS 1130) – A small group of concerned animal lovers is trying to work with authorities in Fort McMurray, Alta., to rescue pets from abandoned homes.

Members of the group say they’re concerned about animals left behind when people were forced to leave the city.

Sam Sansalone says that on Wednesday and Thursday, a group called Fort Mac Fire – Pet Rescue was able to rescue about 230 pets before being kicked out.

A number of animal protection groups are making efforts to rescue the animals, including the Edmonton SPCA and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

But Sansalone says they were told they couldn’t help official efforts because police were concerned people may have been looting the houses while claiming to rescue the pets.

Sansalone says he understands their concern, but that official resources are spread too thin, and civilians should be allowed to help. He says the group has received more than 4,000 emails since forming on Wednesday, most of which came from Fort McMurray evacuees who want their pets to be rescued.