Nine dogs are dead after a trailer fire in the Township of Langley that took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The fire happened near 217 and 40th Avenue at 3:50 am.
“The trailer was no longer used as a residence for humans but the dogs (apparently rescued) were living inside this unit. They were all in kennels or cages inside and the unit was heated with an electric space heater,” said Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Ferguson.
“The trailer is completely destroyed and all of the animals that were inside perished. One person attempted to enter the trailer to save the animals but was unsuccessful and was treated for smoke inhalation.”
BC SPCA officers attended the scene and confirmed the dogs died in the mobile home where it is believed they were being housed.
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“It is very sad,” said Lorie Chortyk, spokesperson with the BC SPCA.
“We believe the individual was operating a rescue but did not have a licence or a permit for a kennel and the space does not appear to have complied with the kennel code.”
The Langley Animal Protection Society and Township of Langley say they have no records that indicate that the property was being utilized as a rescue or animal shelter.
“It was not licensed to be used for that purpose,” said a spokesperson with the Township of Langley in a statement.
Chortyk says the BC SPCA is continuing to investigate the incident, and the fire remains under investigation by Fire and Rescue Services by the Township of Langley.