(KEYE/CNN/Meredith) – A devastating fire at a Texas pet resort Saturday night killed 75 dogs.
The fire broke out at the Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown near Austin. Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan said while firefighters got there as fast as they could, no pets in the building were able to be saved.
“It's hard to accept the fact that we showed up in such a quick fashion, yet we were unable to save even one life in this building,” Sullivan said.
A memorial was held Sunday night for the 75 dogs. Families and members of the community shed tears while putting flowers and pictures on the barbed wire fence.
Sullivan said they are still working to determine the cause of the fire. He also said it was unknown if the pet resort had a sprinkler system installed, but federal, state and city fire codes don’t require them based on the use and size of the building.
Korin Hardt’s 12-year-old dog Sammy was among the dogs who were killed in the fire. Sunday morning, she got the dreaded phone call saying Sammy had died.
“I broke down,” Hardt said. “I hung up with her, my husband was asleep… we had to tell the kids before they saw it [on the news].”
Hardt remembers Sammy as an easy going, gentle dog that her kids dressed up in costumes and pushed around in strollers.