Blaze kills 150 cats in woman's home

2012-02-18 16:42

Beijing - About 150 stray cats cared for by an elderly woman died in a blaze at her home in Beijing, a report said on Saturday.

"Granny Ding" had taken in stray cats and dogs for the past 30 years and looked after them at her traditional courtyard style house in central Beijing, the Beijing Morning Post reported.

The fire broke out early on Friday and destroyed three rooms where around 150 cats were staying and unable to escape.

A further 30 cats and 50 dogs who shared the 84-year-old's bedroom survived.

Ding told the newspaper that she lived alone and sought the company of animals because she had missed out on marriage due to having contracted tuberculosis when she was young.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-18 16:46

    How sad that this womans kindness should end like this! I hope she is able to continue with her big hearted venture!

  • Castle - 2012-02-18 17:13

    one never knows with these Chinese.She may have been breeding them and selling them to the restaurants for their'speciality soups'..........

      Charmaine - 2012-02-18 19:47

      Could be Castle, Only God knows.

  • Kilroy - 2012-02-18 18:49


  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-18 18:54

    IF the old woman died and got eaten, partiallly we would all be saying Crazy old hag, butnow we feel sorry for her. Hypocritical!

  • Charmaine - 2012-02-18 19:46

    Sad indeed, thank God that she was saved, sad for the loss of animals.

  • Garth Baldwin - 2012-02-19 07:28

    Why is this even news worthy?? Seriously who cares about a house full of cats and a crazy woman!!

      kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2012-08-22 14:44

      - Why did you continue reading and even bother commenting then?

  • Gail - 2012-02-19 15:35


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