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8 February 2004 Issue

Tragedy Hits One Of Our Own

We at ARO are saddened to hear of the tragedy that hit one of our frequent contributors. Most of us who have companion animals are struck with the nightmarish thought that something could happen to our dogs and cats while we are away from home. Recently that very thing happened to the author of so many great poems and prose, and a real champion for the animals.

Jim Willis, of the Tiergarten Trust Sanctuary, was in a restaurant with friends, enjoying his birthday lunch, when he saw fire trucks rushing past. Later, as he approached home, he realized it was his house that the fire trucks had rushed to. He lost 9 dogs and 4 cats in the inferno, and was able to break away from the firemen's restraint in order to rescue one of his surviving dogs, that had tried to run back into the rubble that had been her home. Six dogs survived that day, but all else was lost.

Anyone wishing to send messages of support or condolences, or donations can do so at the following address:

The Jim Willis Fire Fund
% National City Bank
1803 Main St.
Burgettstown, PA 15021

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