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November 20, 2012

Fire finds animal mission owner again

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Tonawanda News — “Sandi almost collapsed in my arms. My heart fell on the floor for her,” Erickson said. “She had a blank stare on her face, with tears running down her face. She was pretty shook up.”

Lakeview Animal Sanctuary in Pendleton went up in flames on Sept. 11 and Pfohl lost about 80 of the animals she had rescued and housed. She had to be rescued by Pete Marko before the barn collapsed.

It was devastation, but she decided to rebuild with the help of friends, neighbors and the board of directors. There were benefits and donations. Now, she’s lost her rescue truck, GPS, canes and the rescue equipment. But fortunately no more animals.

Pfohl was ready to use the gift certificates donated by businesses to the Sanctuary. They were on the dashboard of the Blazer and lost in the flames.

“...and she keeps plugging away,” Erickson said. “I’ve never seen a woman with her stamina.”

Erickson who operates the Peace of Heaven Kitten Rescue said, “It’s hitting home with me. It rips the heart of out me as well.”

Pete Marko, who suffered a minor burn on his arm while rescuing Pfohl in September, burned his arm again in the Blazer fire. There was no fire insurance on the 13-year-old truck.

There were two horses and assorted goats, sheep and llamas in the trailer. Erickson was able to supply a bail of hay for the horses and animals were put on their show at the the petting zoo.

Pfohl was back home in Pendleton on Monday. “I’m a little depressed,” she said. “It’s too much stress.”

There is the barn work to look forward to. Lafarge donated 150 tons of stone and the ground work has been laid.

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