MSPCA in Methuen Sheltering Animals Affected by Gas Fires

The gas explosions ignited fires in some 70 homes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover

What to Know

  • The MSPCA has taken in nearly four dozen pets displaced by fires that were ignited during a series of gas explosions across Merrimack Valley
  • The shelter said it is in need of supplies, including dog and cat food and cat litter, to keep up with the additional pets.

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Massachusetts, is taking in pets in need of shelter after their owners were displaced by a series of natural gas explosions that rocked the Merrimack Valley region Thursday.

The gas explosions ignited fires in some 70 homes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Some 400 people spent the night in shelters, and school was canceled Friday as families waited to return to their homes.

But since some shelters don't allow owners to bring their pets, the MSPCA in Nevins stepped up to provide a temporary refuge for those furry family members.  

As of Friday afternoon, the shelter said it has taken a total of 46 animals. Four dogs have since returned to their homes.

The shelter tweeted that it is in need of supplies to keep up with its additional volume of pets, including microchip scanners, paper towels, dry cat and dog food, canned cat and dog food, and cat litter.

Anyone who is seeking residence for their animals is encouraged to call 978-687-7453. The shelter is located at 400 Broadway in Methuen.

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