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Local shelter mourns veterinarian killed in small plane crash

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Dr. Tim Krones

TUCSON (KVOA) - A local veterinarian was identified as the pilot who died in a plane crash on Sunday.

At the Hermitage Cat Shelter and Sanctuary, Dr. Timothy Krone worked part-time to help several kittens get ready for their forever homes.

Krone was the one who made it possible by spaying and neutering the felines.

Just before newly named "Krone" was brought to the shelter, someone had made a sizeable donation to benefit diabetic cats.

"We just felt that was Dr. Krone sending us a message with this cat and looking at him and what a big studly cat he was, we just said, 'You know what? This is him, telling us it will be okay," Vet surgical tech Tiffany Naylor said. "And so we just decided we needed to name a cat after him."

Naylor worked along side Krone every Wednesday when he came in for surgeries.

He not only spayed and neutered cats, he did dental work, eye surgeries and mentored vet students.

"He's amazing. He is one of the most patient people I've ever known in my life,"  Naylor said. "He was always willing to teach, he loved what he did. You could tell the passion he had for being a veterinarian."

A bundle of kittens brought a bundle of joy to Dr. Krone.

"He cared about the kitties so much," Korina Levine of Hermitage Cat Shelter &  Sanctuary said. "He cared about the patients, and he was just an amazing human being."

Outside the Hermitage Cat Shelter and Sanctuary, the recently built pergola by an Eagle Scout Troop 2020 will soon be named in memory of Krone.

"His loss is going to be really tough because he is one of those veterinarians that is truly irreplaceable," Levine said.

Krone may be gone, but what he did for this community and this shelter will live on forever.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of Krones. To donate, click here.

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