Turkey — A fire that erupted in Muğlas Dalaman district also heavily affected animals. The only dog shelter in the region in Bozoğru village was evacuated immediately by animal rights activists to avoid a disaster.
Some 500 dogs were taken out of their shelters as the fire approached their location as a precaution, Anadolu Agency reported Aug. 18.
Animal Rights Federation (HAYTAP) volunteers immediately arrived at the shelters, expending great efforts to save hundreds of dogs. After the fire danger, passed the dogs were taken back to their shelters, Ufuk Bayrakytar and Türkan Dağdelen from HAYTAP said in a post on Facebook.
The group decided to stand guard by the shelters as the fire has still not been brought under control in the afternoon of Aug. 18 despite intense efforts by firefighters.