The DuPage County Sheriff says 29 dogs were killed, and 22 were saved, in a kennel fire early Tuesday morning.
Police say the fire was reported at D & D Kennels, 2N441 County Farm Road around 5:30 a.m.
A police officer went into the building and was able to save some of the dogs. No people were injured in the fire.
Police say the fire was discovered by the kennel’s owner, who returned to the property early in the morning. He told KABC that he tried to rescue the dogs, but the heat was too intense.
“The biggest thing is opening up the crates,” Mercado said. “Trying to get the dogs out and moving and to follow me, and I couldn’t even make it feet into my apartment. It was way too hot.”
The surviving dogs were taken to DuPage County Animal Services for medical care and to reunite them with their owners.