14 dogs die in Wellington kennel box truck when air conditioning fails

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ROSELAND, Indiana — The Humane Society of St. Joseph County in Indiana is investigating after 14 dogs, including from Ohio, died in a box truck that lost power.

It happened July 22 in Roseland, Ind. The dogs were there for an American Kennel Club dog show at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds.

The South Bend Tribune reports that the dogs were in a box-style truck that belonged to Lakesyde Kennels and Handling, of Wellington. The truck was apparently parked outside of a hotel, and the truck’s air conditioning was turned on and plugged into the hotel.

The kennel worker took care of the dogs and went into the hotel for a nap. At some point, a circuit breaker in the truck was thrown, and the air conditioning failed.

When the kennel worker returned about two hours later, the dogs had died.

The humane society issued the following statement:

“On July 22, 2016 tragedy struck in Roseland, Indiana. Humane Officer Hellums and myself met St. Joseph County Police Officers at the Quality Inn on Dixie Hwy in Roseland to discover that 14 canines had died when there was a power failure to a vehicle housing the animals. All of us here at the Humane Society of St. Joseph County are heavy-hearted over the loss of these fourteen beloved companion animals and our thoughts and prayers go out to their owners in this time of grief. We are continuing our investigation into this incident but nevertheless this is a tragic and devastating situation for all those involved. I just ask that we all respect the seriousness of this incident and show compassion to the nine owners who have lost their beloved pets.”

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