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At least 50 alpacas die after Dunn County barn fire


Dunn County (WQOW) - An area woman is picking up the pieces Monday after losing dozens of animals in a fire.

Suzanna Lasee owns The Rising Sun Alpaca Farm outside of Colfax. At least 50 of her animals were killed in a weekend fire. We talked to her about her about how she is handling the loss, and what she is going to do with the remaining alpacas.

"It was an investment to me, it's something I've done over 25 years. I love animals, I've grown with animals my whole life. They're just a really great animal to enjoy," explained Lasee.

As Suzanna Lasee walks among her remaining alpacas, she checks the name tags. She's trying to find out which of her 110 alpacas survived a fire early Sunday morning.

"It's just been so hard to watch these animals perish," she said.

Lasee and her boyfriend were headed back from Colfax when they noticed the fire.

"We could see the fire trucks and ambulances coming up here. And I could see the smoke and the fire. And I just had a bad feeling that it was our place burning down," said Lasee.

She says at least 50 alpacas have died, along with parrots, chickens, several cats and fish. With no insurance, the remaining animals will need help.

"We actually had some people bring over water and tubs. Govin Meats, they brought us over some feed. We just have had really, really a lot of people that have come and helped us. Friends, neighbors, we've had a lot of calls that are, you know, people in the Alpaca community," she said.

Suzanna says she doesn't know if she can continue on caring for her alpacas.

"Right now, my heart is just so broken that I really feel that I''s time for me to just get out of the business altogether. What we'd like to do is sell what we can, you know. And if we can't sell them all, then we'll just find them good homes," said Lasee.

Suzanna and mike had planned to move into a loft in the barn, but now will change plans.

"We'll stay in the trailer and just pray. And hope for the best. We'll figure it out, we'll land on our feet some way or another," she added.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. If you would like to provide a home or simply help Suzanna and the Rising Sun Alpaca Farm, click here.

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