Go Fund Me set up after fire kills 19 dogs in a kennel

Goose Creek Outfitters & Retrievers Fire

CAMBRIDGE, Md. – The Maryland State Fire Marshal says nineteen dogs were killed in a fire that destroyed a kennel in Cambridge and now the community is helping recover whatever it can through a Go Fund Me campaign.

On Tuesday, officials released details saying a neighbor discovered the fire on Sunday, March 15 at 4:39 pm. The K9 kennel was owned by Goose Creek Outfitters & Retrievers, LLC. located at 5520 Sand Road. Officials say the fire started inside the wood frame kennel but they are still not sure what caused sparked the blaze. It took 20 firefighters about 20 minutes to put the fire out. The building was destroyed and 19 Labrador Retrievers/Chesapeake Retrievers being trained by the facility were killed. The estimated loss is about $35,000 total.

“As some of you may have heard, our kennel and our family suffered a huge tragedy Sunday night. After our daily routine of letting the dogs out and cleaning the kennels, I left, briefly, to pick up my children. Upon my return, the kennel building was engulfed in flames. I promise each of you, I did everything I could, but it was too late. I left a radio playing for the dogs, and the fire marshal determined the cause of the fire was a short in the radio or it’s wiring. You never expect these things to happen to you. I love my dogs and my clients dogs like they’re my children,” says Matt Peel, the owner of Goose Creek Outfitters & Retrievers.

“This experience is beyond comprehension and completely devastating, not only for myself and my family but also my clients and their families. As I sit here, trying to wrap my head around the tragedy, I ask for your thoughts and prayers. I don’t know what the next steps will be, and I am sure many of my colleagues, friends, and associates will have questions. I will, in time, do my best to answer you. However, I ask that over the next few days, you give myself, my family and my clients, the time to grieve, process, and comfort each other.”

A Go Fund Me has been set up to help with the cause, “We understand that no amount of money can replace the dogs that have been lost not repair the broken hearts Matt and his clients are experiencing. We also know that there are real costs associated with Matt rebuilding his business, and this is one small way that we can help.”

Click here for the Go Fund Me Page.

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