Walthall County, Miss. – Officials are still trying to figure out what caused an animal rescue shelter to go up in flames.
The fire started at the Dixieland Evacuation Center in Tylertown around 8:30 Monday night. That’s on Obed Magee Road.
We’re told several cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and other animals called this center home.
Several animals died in the fire, but right now, there’s no word on how many animals were lost.
Some of the animals were rescued from inside the burning building. They were taken to the Southwest Animal Hospital in Summit.
Initially authorities believed the St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, which is next door to Dixieland, caught fire. We’ve since learned that’s not the case and only Dixieland sustained damage from the fire.
The Dixieland Evacuation Center was started by the Humane Society of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
We’re told all of the animals housed at this location were rescues from the deadly 2005 storm.