GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio — Two dogs have died after an in-home kennel in Geauga County caught fire early Saturday morning.
According to the Troy Township Fire Department, the garage where the kennel was kept burst into flames around 5:15 a.m.
Geauga Mama Dogs and Pups foster mom Dianne Schubeck says the structure became entirely engulfed and two puppies did not make it out alive. The mother of those puppies tried to re-enter the building but suffered burns in the process; she is now at a nearby clinic being treated and is expected to make a full recovery.
Another pregnant dog gave birth to ten healthy puppies after being rescued from the fire.
"I'm a physician," Schubeck said. "I take care of humans but my whole life I've been an animal advocate and that's where my heart is."
The rescue organization has foster families willing to take in pregnant dogs and their puppies for safety and eventual adoption. Last year, with the help of volunteers and families, they saved more than 1,000 dogs.
Schubeck says even though the fire was unfortunate, she plans to rebuild the facility and get back to fostering dogs in need as soon as possible.
Right now the cause of the fire is unknown but the fire department expects to release more information later.
If you'd like to help, click this link to the organization's Amazon wish list and donation page.