About 70 dogs are being moved to North Texas to free up shelter space in Waco, which is closer for West residents who are looking for lost pets.
Two North Texas shelters are taking in dozens of dogs from the Waco area so the shelter there can focus on helping animals displaced by in fertilizer plant explosion in West.
A massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant on Wednesday night flattened a significant area near the facility, injuring 200 people and killing at least 14.
Approximately 70 dogs were transferred Thursday to the SPCA of Texas' shelters in Dallas and McKinney. Twenty will go to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas, while the other 50 dogs will go to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney.
The dogs were all available for adoption before the explosion and are not displaced animals from West.
They are being moved to North Texas to free up shelter space in Waco, which is closer for West residents who are looking for lost pets.
Waco police said Friday that animal control officers were going house to house to conduct animal search and rescue.
The SPCA said its assistance in rescuing animals in West has not been requested, but the group said it is ready to provide support if needed.
Beyond the Rainbow Pet Hospice in Fort Worth is collecting donations for pets in West. The hospice will accept donations of food, bowls, blankets, beds and toys on Friday between 7:30 a.m. and noon at the ABC Animal Clinic at 500 South Freeway in Fort Worth.
The donations will be delivered Friday afternoon.