Kennel owners say they will rebuild

December 30, 2010 3:20:05 PM PST
The owners of a Johnston County kennel that caught fire Wednesday say they will rebuild and are back in business.

On Thursday, ABC11 Eyewitness News went back to the scene of the fire and found smoke still coming from the burned structure on West Blanche Street near Selma. The fire killed eight dogs.

Family members say Puppy Paradise is a family business that breeds small lap dogs. The remaining animals are still at Puppy Paradise.

Johnston County Animal Services said, “As far as we know, they are being well cared for out there. We did a double-check this morning just to see how they were coming.”

Wilkinson said there were previous complaints against the breeder, but Animal Services did not find problems. “We checked them both out,” Wilkinson said. “They were unfounded as far as guidelines that we had to deal with them.”

Puppy Paradise customers told Eyewitness News they had good experiences buying dogs from the business.

Johnston County Animal Services said that while they do not have any of the surviving dogs at their shelter, there are plenty of others that are still in need of good homes.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office said they do not consider the fire to be suspicious.

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