Animals displaced by fires sheltered at fairground

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) - Farm animals and pets displaced by central Washington wildfires have found a shelter of their own at the Kittitas County fairgrounds.

The Ellensburg Daily Record reports the volunteer-operated shelter opened a week ago after the Snag Canyon wildfire started.

The shelter has protected as many as 54 animals, including ponies, alpacas, chickens ducks and a few pet dogs.

Volunteer Dena Haney of Ellensburg says the animals are doing well and the shelter is relatively quiet. They have round-the-clock monitoring, food, water and shade during the day.

Haney says the shelter was set up to both help the animals and their owners, so they don't have to worry.

The hay for livestock has been donated and local veterinarians are on call to help.