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Humane Society takes in dogs left behind in Marion Co. murder-suicide

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Humane Society of Marion County volunteers walk Beau and Ladybug, left behind by a murder-suicide in Marion County on Monday. Humane Society of Marion County volunteers walk Beau and Ladybug, left behind by a murder-suicide in Marion County on Monday.
'Ladybug' and 'Beau' were the only survivors of the fire that consumed their home, where the bodies of 85-year-old Vivian Dome and her 61-year-old son Willard Landry were found early Monday morning. 'Ladybug' and 'Beau' were the only survivors of the fire that consumed their home, where the bodies of 85-year-old Vivian Dome and her 61-year-old son Willard Landry were found early Monday morning.
Both Ladybug and Beau are described as "very sweet" and well taken care of. Both Ladybug and Beau are described as "very sweet" and well taken care of.
While the Humane Society of Marion County does have some structures on the 15 acres of donated land where they now operate, none of them are climate controlled and the current facilities are limited. While the Humane Society of Marion County does have some structures on the 15 acres of donated land where they now operate, none of them are climate controlled and the current facilities are limited.
A groundbreaking for a new building is planned for Friday, on the donated former site of a manufacturing facility that burned down. They managed to salvage quite a bit of concrete slab. A groundbreaking for a new building is planned for Friday, on the donated former site of a manufacturing facility that burned down. They managed to salvage quite a bit of concrete slab.
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MARION CO, TX (KSLA) -

The Humane Society of Marion County has taken in the family dogs left behind in Monday's murder-suicide in Lake o' The Pines.

'Ladybug' and 'Beau' were the only survivors of the fire that consumed their home, where the bodies of 85-year-old Vivian Dome and her 61-year-old son Willard Landry were found early Monday morning.

Vivian Dome's husband, 73-year-old Paul Dome, was found sitting in his car in the driveway that morning, dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Caroline Wedding, the Director of the Humane Society of Marion County, says they work with local authorities regularly in cases where animals are involved.

She says the dogs in this case were found running free on the property, and threatening to compromise the crime scene. Wedding believes they may have been released intentionally before the fire was started inside the home.

"They both have been taken great care of. You can tell a lot of love and devotion went into these two animals, which is probably why they're alive today."

The dogs, a white boxer and a border collie mix, have been checked out by a veterinarian and cleaned up. They'll remain in the care of the humane society until the authorities or the court tells them what can and should be done with them. "We're hopeful that family members will step up to take care of these babies," Wedding says.

Described as "very sweet," "precious and playful," Ladybug and Beau join more than 30 other dogs and 19 cats at the Humane Society of Marion County, waiting for word on their fates. Wedding says they also rescue and foster horses and donkeys.

Some will be adopted, others will head to foster homes. "We adopt a lot of animals. I can't say we're a no-kill, because no-kill shelters usually are very specific in what they will accept, and we take every animal that has a need."

As any one of the volunteers there will tell you, the facilities themselves are in need, too. While they do have some structures on the 15 acres of donated land where they now operate, none of them are climate controlled and the current facilities are limited. That's why they're preparing to break ground on Friday for a new building that will include a 5,000 square foot intake area and a quarantine area, as well as a surgery suite where animals can receive emergency care at no cost. Wedding is quick to add that donations, however, would be gladly accepted.

Wedding says there's just only so much you can do without a building. "We have got to do this for the animals. We're the only facility that handles the animals the way we do. It's not just an intake, a decision's made and three days or five days and they're put down. We have animals that we've had for many months. We have one animal from the wildfires, which we worked rescuing those animals back in 2011. So the time we have an animal could last from hours to just a few days to many months. And we need a facility that will allow us to continue to operate like this."

The are making an event of the Friday groundbreaking, which starts at Noon. Wedding says lunch will be served, and people are welcome to come look at the building plans. And they will, of course, be accepting donations.

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