Several animals killed in fire at Paulding County kennel

Several animals dead after pet kennel goes up in flames

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — Families are mourning the deaths of pets killed in an overnight fire at a Paulding County kennel.

The fire engulfed a kennel and grooming business Bark Avenue West overnight Tuesday. A fire spokesman said the flames sparked around midnight, killing two dogs and two cats.

Billy Fennell has taken his two schnauzers to the Temple business off Buchanan Highway religiously for years.

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“Great people. It’s devastating,” Fennell said. “I hate to see that happen. I don’t know what I’m going to do with my little doggies now.”

Crossroads Market owner Blake Duckworth is sad for fellow business and pet owners.

“Living on a farm, you lose pets and livestock all the time, but to a fire, that’s even more horrendous,” Duckworth said. “It’s like losing a part of your family, really, and it’s sad.”

The kennel's owner told Channel 2's Rikki Klaus she brought the bodies of a Labrador retriever and a pit mix to one of her clients. She said their cat and her cat also died in the fire.


Pet owner Jamonaco Brannon wishes they could have all been saved.

“It’s sad. I mean, any death is sad,” Brannon said.

The building is a total loss. The cause is under investigation. Firefighters say they don’t suspect anything suspicious.