Lost pets from Lilac Fire still unclaimed

SAN DIEGO -- Four pets, including a turkey, remain unclaimed among 33 animals taken in by county Animal Services during the Lilac Fire in the North County, authorities said Tuesday.

The blaze broke out Dec. 7 near Interstate 15 and Lilac Road and roared through Bonsall, where it created havoc at the San Luis Rey Downs horse facility and at ranches and homes that have a lot of animals.

Credit: County of San Diego

In all, the fire burned 4,100 acres, destroyed 157 structures between Fallbrook and Oceanside and killed 46 horses.

The four remaining animals being cared for at the Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad include:

-- a 3-year-old male Chihuahua/terrier mix, rescued on Dec. 8 on Valle Del Sol in Bonsall;

-- a 10-year-old turkey named Violet that suffered singed feathers;

-- a 3-year-old spaniel found on Via Montellano in Bonsall, that suffered severe but superficial burns on all of his foot pads and between the pads that could take weeks or months to heal; and

-- a year-old cat, found in the Rancho Monserate community where numerous manufactured homes were destroyed, that has burnt paws and singed whiskers.

The owner of the Chihuahua/terrier mix has until Friday to claim him. Two adoption holds have been placed on the canine, according to Animal Services.

Owners of the other three have until Christmas Eve to place their claims.

The shelter is located at 2481 Palomar Airport Road and can be reached by phone at (619) 767-2675.