Massive Animal Rescue Effort Underway In Central Washington


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ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Over 100 volunteers are helping to evacuate, sort and care for animals burned or displaced by the Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum in Washington State.

Injured chickens, potbellied pigs, cattle and horses are showing up by the hundreds at the Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds. Hundreds more are running free through Kittitas County. Owners come here to find their animals.

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Mark Kinsel checks the gums of a young horse that was uninjured, but a bit colicky after being displaced by the Taylor Bridge Fire. Photo by Anna King hide caption

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Veterinarians and volunteers are treating and feeding the animals around the clock. Mark Kinsel is the head vet directing the work.

“A lot of the people that were in harm’s way were having a hard time leaving their animals behind," he says. "And a lot of them were very upset about having to cut the fences and let their horses and cows go out and fend for themselves.”

Local businesses are donating feed and medical supplies.

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Mark Kinsel is the lead vet at the Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds in Central Washington. Photo by Anna King hide caption

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On the Web:

Taylor Bridge Fire Animal Recovery Facebook page:



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