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Texas dog owners suing Georgetown pet resort after fire that killed 75 animals

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — More than 20 pet owners who misplaced their canines within the Ponderosa Pet Resort fire in September are suing the pet boarding firm and its proprietor.

At least 75 animals boarded on the facility have been killed after a fire broke out the night time of Sept. 18. There was no staffing on the pet resort in a single day on the time, and the ability didn’t have a fire suppression system.

The lawsuit, despatched to KXAN by Attorney Ard Ardalan on Friday, says the fire sparked from an “electrical device or outlet.”

The pet owners declare they have been deceived by Ponderosa and proprietor Phillip Paris, saying the corporate “made promises about 24-hour surveillance and security systems that would keep the animals safe at night.” They’re searching for greater than $1 million in damages.

Ardalan stated in an announcement Friday they’re hoping to carry extra kennel owners accountable.

“We are still mourning the loss of the dogs at the Ponderosa Pet Resort and hope that this lawsuit will help encourage kennel owners across the United States to take fire safety seriously,” Ardalan stated, partly. “In the coming months, we hope to get answers as to how the fire started and what could have been done to prevent it. We also seek to hold Mr. Paris and Ponderosa Pet Resort accountable, although that process has only just started. We hope that our efforts will help prevent these kinds of senseless tragedies.”

  • A deadly fire at Ponderosa Pet Resort left 59 families without their companions Sept. 18, 2021 (KXAN Photo)
  • A deadly fire at Ponderosa Pet Resort left 59 families without their companions Sept. 18, 2021 (KXAN Photo)
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At the time of the incident, Paris referred to as the fire “accidental” and stated, “I feel [the pet owners’] heartbreak intensely.” He beforehand disclosed 59 households whole had misplaced their pets within the fire.

KXAN has reached out to Paris for touch upon the lawsuit. We will replace this story once we hear again.

Attorney Ardalan says whereas the lawsuit was submitted in Williamson County Friday, it hasn’t been accepted by the clerk but.

Georgetown’s Animal Services Department beforehand stated Ponderosa was working with no kennel allow, however the enterprise did have a separate allow to function. Even if Ponderosa had a kennel allow, it wouldn’t have required a fire suppression system or 24/7 staffing onsite, in keeping with the town.