A staggering number of puppies, nearly four dozen, perished in a devastating blaze at a dog breeding facility in Alaska this week. According to Tuesday’s KTUU News, a total of 46 Labrador retriever puppies died at the kennel, which is located outside of Wasilla, early Monday morning.
As soon as he was aware of the fire, Ron Bernier, owner of the Labrador retriever breeding operation, rushed to the kennel where the puppies, from five separate litters, were being held. Tragically, heavy smoke and flames prevented him from entering the burning building and all of the puppies who were trapped inside died. Bernier suffered burns and smoke inhalation from his efforts to save the young lives who were trapped in the burning building. According to ADN News, the adult dogs (approximately 40) were all spared.
According to the website for the business, the Bernier family has been breeding and training Labrador retrievers since 1989. The cause of the deadly blaze is still under investigation.
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