12/15/91 at 7:00 PM
Humans were not the only victims of the catastrophic fire that burned more than 3,000 homes in Oakland, Calif., last month. Thousands of pets were killed or driven away by the blaze, causing hundreds of area residents to resort to desperate measures to try to find their four-legged loved ones. Vicki Cochran has hired three psychics to locate her wayward Rottweiler, Erno. No luck so far, although the psychics have assured their client that Erno is still alive--somewhere. Cochran, like a number of other pet owners, has spent nearly $4,000 for helicopter searches, long-distance calls and fees for tarot-wielding psychics. Meantime, pet owners like Laurie Dornbrand have had better luck with a more traditional tack. She and her son Aaron found their beloved cat, Sidd, at an animal shelter. A week after the blaze, firemen had found the pet--badly singed about the paws, nose and ears--lying in a storm drain with another missing feline.