Seven dogs die in pet resort fire
November 20, 2012
Seven dogs died in an early morning fire Monday at Thousand Hills Pet Resort outside of San Luis Obispo. [KSBY]
The fire burned three kennels at the Buckley Road ranch around 6 a.m. killing the dogs inside.
Thousand Hills Pet Resort functions both as a daycare and as an overnight care facility for dogs. The fire burned in the overnight facility, killing the seven dogs which belonged to owners who are out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Despite the deaths, Thousand Hills Pet Resort remained open Monday. Grievance counselors arrived at the ranch to attend to tearful employees.
Owner Jack Gould said electrical wiring in the kennels probably caused the fire, but Cal Fire is still investigating the incident.
Eight people live on the pet resort ranch, and one of the residents managed to put out the fire with a garden hose, protecting adjacent kennels.
The pet resort released a statement expressing its sorrow about the deadly fire.
“Our staff is deeply sorrowful for the loss of these precious animals and our hearts and prayers go out to their families.”