Heartbreaking: Helpless farm animals, pets and wildlife bear the brunt of California wildfires

As the raging wildfires in California continue to wreak havoc, what has mostly gone unnoticed is the plight of the pets and the wildlife in the region and those trying to save them


                            Heartbreaking: Helpless farm animals, pets and wildlife bear the brunt of California wildfires
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Animals caught up in fires often try to run away and find a place to hide

A deer looks on from a burned residence after the Camp Fire tore through the area in Paradise, California on November 10, 2018 (Getty Images)

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Many people are unable to return home for their pets and other animals

A rescued donkey stands tied to a road sign on the side of the road after the Camp Fire moved through the area on November 9 (Getty Images)

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The plight of the animals caught in the blaze is heartbreaking

Horses are spooked as the Woolsey Fire moves through the property on Cornell Road near Paramount Ranch on November 9, 2018 in Agoura Hills, California (Getty Images)

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About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties

A rescued horse looks on as the Woolsey Fire moves through the property on Cornell Road near Paramount Ranch on November 9, 2018 in California (Getty Images)

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Human lives take priority but LA County Animal Care and Control has set up centers in safe areas

Rocklin police officer Randy Law tends to a horse that was found wandering after the Camp Fire moved through the area on November 9, 2018 in Paradise (Getty Images)

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Most birds can fly high and away from danger

An owl covering itself in sand as the fire approached the Malibu beach where a lot of animals escaping the fire had gathered (Getty Images)

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Many cats were plucked from the devastating fire

Cal Fire Captain Steve Millosovich carries a cage full of cats that were found in the road after the Camp Fire moved through the area on November 9

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Many stranded animals have been rescued

A dog named Rockey stands on the fence in front of the home of Jimmy Clements that survived the Camp Fire on November 11, 2018 in Paradise, California (Getty Images)

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Animals have been taken to designated local rescue points

A dog watches from a car as flames approach during the Woolsey Fire on November 9, 2018 in Malibu, California (Getty Images)

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Camp Fire ripped through Paradise and quickly charred 18,000 acres

Hospital workers and first responders evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital as the Camp Fire moves through the area on November 8 (Getty Images)

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Camp Fire evacuees wait in limbo with their pets

Doug Chandler pets his dog, K.C., as his girlfriend, Jackie Humphreys, waits for word on their homes condition at the Church of the Nazarene in Oroville, California on November 13. (Getty Images)

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