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Georgetown pet boarding fire kills 75 animals inside

Georgetown Fire Chief is holding a press conference to provide the public with an update on the investigation into the September 18 fire at Ponderosa Pet Resort.

Chief John Sullivan is expected to speak at approximately 2:30 p.m.

FOX 7 Austin will be broadcasting the press conference live on our website and Youtube page.


Georgetown pet boarding fire kills 75 animals inside

Georgetown Fire confirms that 75 dogs were killed in a fire at the Ponderosa Pet Resort on Saturday night. Many pictures of these dogs are now hung on the front doors of the place where the fire occurred.

Georgetown firefighters responded to a fire at the pet complex on Saturday night and discovered the entire building was engulfed in flames. Despite GFD’s rapid response time, all 75 dogs inside died from smoke inhalation.

“Right now we have a Goose who is lost, Shay Scout who has been lost, and Lola and Sunny who have unfortunately been lost,” said Tennille Dunning, veterinary technician.

These are just a few of the dogs that were killed in the blaze according to Dunning who says she has heard from her clients. She says most of the dog owners were out of town, so she made sure to show up on the scene to honor their dogs.

“They can’t come here so show their support so we want to show that we love babies as much as they love them,” she said.

People came by the dozen to pay their respects after what happened. Many of those who did show up said they have their own dogs and couldn’t imagine losing their pet.

“It’s like losing your kids. No matter what anyone says, it’s losing your kids,” said Bill Stephens, who came near the memorial.

The memorial at the gates of the Ponderosa Pet Resort started out small but continued to grow with each passing minute. A reminder of how important a dog can be to someone.

“[A dog loves] you for every fault you have and it doesn’t matter to them. They love without judgment, ”said Sheridan Doerr, another who stopped by the memorial.

Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Investigators say the owner of the facility cooperated with the investigation.

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