13 dogs die in South Toledo house fire


By Alexandra Mester - The Blade



TOLEDO — Fire officials are investigating a house fire that killed 13 dogs Monday night in Toledo.

The Toledo Fire Department was dispatched at 11:37 p.m. to the 600 block of Walbridge Avenue, spokesman Pvt. Sterling Rahe said.

“The first crews on the scene reported heavy fire on both sides of the home,” he said.

There were no people inside the home, which Lucas County property records show was built in 1887 and is a duplex residence.

Private Rahe said Toledo police had to prevent a distraught, unidentified woman from going inside in an attempt to rescue the dogs during the fire. Firefighters found five adult dogs and a litter of eight puppies crated on the first floor of the house.

The Lucas County Canine Care & Control, which was called to the scene to assist, said all of the dogs had died in the home except for one of the 3-day-old puppies. That puppy was suffering from severe smoke inhalation and was euthanized at an emergency veterinary clinic.

The county shelter had no record of current dog licenses at the address.

Fire officials estimate damage to the home at $19,000 and the value of the contents lost at $15,000, Private Rahe said. No neighboring properties were damaged and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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By Alexandra Mester

The Blade

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