by: Tony Thomas Updated:
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A local dog adoption group is back up and running after fire destroyed its Gwinnett County base of operations.
Channel 2's Tony Thomas toured what's left of the “adopt a greyhound” building as volunteers vow to keep the operation running.
Thomas was there as an Alabama couple drove in to adopt one of the five remaining dogs at the shelter.
It's the first adoption in more than a week since fire destroyed the Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta facility on Anniston road.
Now it's a soggy and crumpled mess as founder Carl Viener walked Thomas through what's left.
“I believe one of the dogs knocked over a propane heater and it fell against something wood,” Viener said.
Viener was able to rescue the dogs before firefighters arrived. His house and the nonprofits base of operations is a loss.
For now, he sleeps in a small building next to the burned structure with five remaining greyhounds. A generator supplies some power.
“I really want power,” Viener told Thomas.
Viener said he tries not to think about what happened, just about what's ahead.
“I think people are surprised it hasn't bothered me as much as it has,” Viener said.
The group has several online fundraising efforts underway as contractors and the insurance companies work on a rebuilding plan.
“As far as running at a 100 percent, we are a long way from that,” Viener said.
Contractors said they can have the shelter rebuilt and the group fully operational again by Labor Day.