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Charlottesville Kennel Fire Leaves Pets Injured, Missing

These three escaped as first responders tried to clear the structure. (Pet Paradise/Hawes Spencer)
These three escaped as first responders tried to clear the structure. (Pet Paradise/Hawes Spencer)

A Sunday evening fire at the largest pet boarding facility in Charlottesville has left ten animals injured and three others missing.  Pet Paradise held 78 pets at the time of the incident.

John Dean and his wife had planned to spend the night in Philadelphia when word came that the kennel holding, Lilly, their five-year-old black Labrador, had burned.

"We cut our trip short and came back here overnight and picked her up at the vet at about five o'clock this morning."

Lilly is recovering, but three pets got away and remain missing as of Monday afternoon. Pet Paradise CEO Fernando Acosta-Rua came up from Florida.

"All our effort is in finding the ones that got out and then really hoping and working to get the other ones back to health to be reunited with the families."

He says that no pets died in the incident. Acosta-Rua says that all ten injured pets are now in stable condition.

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