Georgetown, Texas – Georgetown Fire confirmed that 75 dogs died in a fire at Ponderosa Pet Resort Saturday night. Several pictures of those dogs now hang on the front gates where the fire started.
On Saturday night, the Georgetown Fire Department responded to the fire at the pet resort and found the entire building engulfed in flames. Despite quick response times from the GFD, all 75 dogs inside died due to the smoke.
“Right now, we have a swan who is lost, Shay Scout who was lost, and Lola and Sunny who were unfortunately lost,” said Tenille Dunning, vet technician.
They were just a few of the dogs killed in the fire, according to Dunning, who says he got the news from his customers. She says most of the dog owners were out of town so they made sure to come to the scene to pay respect to their dogs.
“They can’t be here showing their support so we want to show that we have as much love for kids as they love them,” she said.
After what happened, dozens of people came to pay their respects. Many of those who visited said they had their own dogs and could not imagine losing their pets.
Bill Stephens, who came to the memorial, said, “It’s like losing your children. Whatever anyone may say, it’s losing your children.”
The monument at the entrance of Ponderosa Pet Resort started small but continued to grow with each passing minute. A reminder of how important a dog can be to someone.
“[A dog loves] You have it for every flaw and it doesn’t matter to them. They love without judgment,” said Sheridan Doerr, another who stopped near the memorial.
Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Investigators say the owner of the facility is cooperating with the investigation.