A Daleville woman died while trying to save several animals during an early-morning structure fire that occurred at a local animal rescue.
Jane Clancy, 75, was identified as the victim who died while trying to save the animals found at the rescue, according to Police Chief William "Willy" Powell.
Clancy was the owner of All Breeds Animal Rescue located in Daleville. The business has been serving the community since 2010.
Powell and Assistant Fire Chief David Grubbs, the Daleville Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire around 2 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23.
The building was fully engulfed when first responders reported on scene, Powell said.
"She heard all the animals – she had over 20 dogs and no telling how many cats – inside the house, and she ran back in," Powell said. "It was fully involved when she went in there."
He said there were an estimated 20 dogs and 18 cats that died in the structure fire.
The remaining surviving animals are being placed with other area shelters and rescues: SOS Animal Shelter in Enterprise, Troy Animal Rescue Project, Save-A-Pet in Dothan and Dothan Animal Shelter.
The Wiregrass Humane Society assisted in transporting animals to local shelters.
SOS in Enterprise is asking for donations of wet/dry dog food, blankets and towels. To contact the shelter about donations, call (334) 393-1743 or contact them through their Facebook page.
Troy Animal Rescue Project is also accepting donations of dog food, particularly for puppies and senior dogs. For more information, contact Troy Animal Rescue at (334) 508-2367 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made to the Troy Animal Clinic, the Project's veterinarian.
Save-A-Pet in Dothan is also excepting donations to help provide for the rescues' care. The organization said monetary donations may be made through Paypal at email@example.com. There is no "e" in the name.
"The best word I can say is devastating," Powell said about the loss of a prominent citizen of Daleville. "She's been a pillar of the community and always someone you could lean on if you had an animal problem. She would do her best to solve the problem for you."
Daleville Rescue Lt. Shayna McVickers said Clancy was "devoted" to the animals she helped rescue.
"I would say about Ms. Jane, devoted," McVickers said. "As a matter of fact, a week ago today, my partner and I called her to a property in Level Plains to pick up two dogs, and she didn't think twice. She was on it right after trying to trap a dog at the library that had been there since Christmas.
"(She was) just devoted," she said. "That's what I would say about Ms. Jane."