Nov 19, 2012 9:27 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Seven dogs killed in early-morning fire

A fire broke out early Monday morning at Thousand Hills Pet Resort in San Luis Obispo, killing seven dogs.

For those who are not familiar with Thousand Hills, it is set up on two sections: one an overnight boarding facility and the other a daycare area. The fire happened in the overnight area.

The ranch is on private property. They let us on, but would not let us shoot the burned area.

The manager of the property, Jack Gould, did not want to go on camera, but he did tell KSBY that three small kennels burned with dogs inside. He also said inside each kennel hut, there is one electrical light bulb and one electric heating pad.

In the 14 years this ranch has been boarding pets, they said a fire has never broken out.

The staff is devastated and said these animals are like family. We saw many tears Monday, and grievance counselors were on hand to help.

All the owners of these pets except one family have been notified, but are all out of town for Thanksgiving.

Eight people live on the property. In fact, one of the residents was the one who noticed the fire and was able to put it out with a garden hose and protect the other adjacent kennels.

Both sides of the resort were open Monday and will remain open. All other kennels were inspected by an electrician and cleared. The resort said it will continue to take care of pets.

Thousand Hills released this statement: "Our staff is deeply sorrowful for the loss of these precious animals and our hearts and prayers go out to their families."

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