The Indianapolis Fire Department recounted details of what is being called a “terrible tragedy” at a pet store on Monday night. The fire department shared the grim details of the lives that were lost, writing:
In what can only be described as a horrible tragedy, an estimated 100 animals perished as a result of smoke inhalation during tonight’s fire at Uncle Bills Pet Center 4829 W. 38th St.
Among the dead were 40 dogs, 25 parakeets, rabbits and other assorted animals – a guinea pig and office cat survived, as did some fish and reptiles.
According to the department, the animals that perished were locked inside of cages and they were overcome by toxic smoke and gases. The survivors were taken to the Uncle Bills veterinarian for care. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
(Images via public Facebook photos Indianapolis Fire Department)
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