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Archive for December 27th, 2009

One dog perishes after fire in L.A. kennel

More than 100 dogs lodged at LA Dogworks for the holidays escaped injury when a fire swept through parts of the upscale Hollywood kennel.

While some reports said no dogs were harmed, KTLA in Los Angeles reported that the kennel’s owner, Andrew Rosenthal, confirmed that one dog died of smoke inhalation. The dog owner’s name was not divulged.

The cause of the fire was under investigation

LA Dogworks bills itself on its website as “Los Angeles’ first exclusive dog Mecca.” It offers an indoor dog park, day care, overnight boarding, grooming, aromatherapy, massage, a “Zen den,” and dental hygiene.

The blaze was reported shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, and was put out in half an hour. Fire Capt. Steve Ruda said all the dogs were rescued and moved to a nearby building.

Dogs seized from Colorado sled dog kennel

sled_dogArrest warrants have been issued for the Colorado couple who operate the Pawsatrak Racing Sled Dog Kennel.

Investigators found dozens of dogs in poor condition on the premises. Eight dogs died and about 100 were seized by authorities last week, according to the Associated Press.

The kennel is in Hartsel, about 70 miles southwest of Denver.

Samuel Maeser Walker and Diane Elaine Walker face two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and 30 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

A necropsy on two female huskies found one died from starvation and complications of pneumonia. Another died from ”bloat” or ”twisted gut,” sometimes the result of animal being given a large amount of food after being deprived of food over time.

(Photo: Park County Sheriff’s Department)