Eleven dogs dead in private kennels blaze
Eleven pet dogs died in a fire at a private kennels near Dudley on Saturday.
Firefighters were called to the scene of a blaze off The Holloway, Swindon, at around 12.30am.
The kennels involved was confirmed by the fire service to be Bluerose Dog Park.
The crews managed to douse the fire, but 11 dogs were found afterwards to have died in the incident.
A joint investigation was carried out by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and police, into the cause, which is not thought to be suspicious.
South Staffordshire Police said: "We were called to a report of a fire at private dog kennels off The Holloway in Swindon.
"Crews from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were already at the scene and worked to extinguish the blaze.
"Sadly, eleven pet dogs died in the fire.
"We understand that this is an upsetting incident which has caused concern in the community," the statement continued.
"A joint investigation into the cause of the fire has taken place and at this time there are believed to be no suspicious circumstances."
Bluerose Dog Park published a statement on Sunday: "Most of you know we had a devastating fire in the early hours of Saturday morning with 11 of our beloved dogs sadly losing their lives.
"We are absolutely devastated.
"The dogs were not locked in and had large runs on the outside, the ones that were out Deborah and myself managed to get out, 4 in total whilst getting injured ourselves.
"We believe the ones that weren't outside had been overcome by fumes so hopefully knew nothing about it. I would like to thank you all for your lovely messages of support and all the people that have already helped with the clean up.
"We will be remaining open and hope you continue to support us as the dog park was not affected at all. Please bear with as we are struggling to come to terms with this tragedy."
"R.I.P. Socks,Skip,Chip,Chilli,Pepper,Hunter,Jade,Boomer,Tequila,Jack and Lyla. You were our lives"