NYLON – Up to 25 dogs may have perished in a three alarm fire at Add-En-On Kennels in Mendon Sunday, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies, who responded to the scene alongside firefighters from several fire departments and supporting agencies, including the SPCA of Livingston County.
According to news partner 13WHAM, Honeoye Falls Fire Chief Paul Churnetski said that flames were shooting through the building’s roof and sides when firefighters arrived, and flames spread rapidly due to high winds. Fire hydrants were located nearly half a mile away from the kennel, so firefighters had to run hundreds of yards of fire hose to get water. Sarah Besig boarded her Australian Cattle Dog Sandi at Add-En-On while she was away.
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“She’s my baby,” said Besig. “I’ve had her ever since she was two months old and we just had another pet pass away, so I just cannot bear another one right now.”
The fire also caused the roof and second floor to collapse, according to Churnetski. Dogs that were rescued were taken to nearby animal hospitals and kennels, like Creekside Resort & Lodge. Jan Prescott lives nearby the kennel and volunteered to care for a dog named Sophie.
“She’s doing well,” said Prescott. “I’m going to take her home and keep an eye on her until her parents come home and get her.”
Prescott said veterinarians, firefighters, kennel staff and volunteers tried their best to help the dogs. A couple of dogs were given oxygen after being pulled out of the kennel. Monroe County Deputy Sheriffs said one female worker was inside the kennel at the time of the fire.
The worker was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation. Chief Churnetski said the kennel portion of the building was destroyed by the fire. He said the front portion of the building is intact. Dog owners with questions are asked to call Add-En-On owners Michelle and Bruce Coats.
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