'Violet' the turkey, cat, 2 dogs still unclaimed following Lilac Fire

One cat and one dog suffered burns to their paws.

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - After the Lilac Fire burned more than 4,000 acres through North County, numerous animals were displaced.

Of about 33 pets originally reported missing, all but four have been reunited with their owners, according to Daniel DeSousa, director of San Diego County Department of Animal Services (DAS).

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Remaining are a turkey, a cat, and two dogs. Some of the animals were injured by the blaze.

The animals are described as:

  • A 3-year-old male Chihuahua-terrier,
  • A 3-year-old make Spaniel that suffered severe but superficial burns to all four paws,
  • A 1-year-old female cat that suffered burns to paws and had her whiskers singed off, and,
  • A 10-year-old turkey named "Violet." The bird's owner has been contacted, but animal services has yet to hear from them.

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Anyone who is searching for their pet can file a report with county animal services online here or with the San Diego Humane Society here

Those looking for lost pets are encouraged to call DAS or Humane Society shelters to check.


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