Fire at Pet Boarding Facility Raises Concerns of Oversight

Charlottesville, VA: A report by C-VILLE states that a fire at pet boarding facility Pet Paradise has raised concerns about “the absence of laws and regulations that govern the pet care industry.” Nearly all of the 78 pets in the facility at the time were rescued (one dog, Bailey, was found dead a mile and a half from the location), but other pet owners have expressed concerns about their dogs being lost, injured, or worse from stays at groomers or board and train facilities. One owner, Ellie Carter, took her dog, Levi, to a boarding training facility in Afton but one night “received a text from the trainer saying that Levi had escaped from his kennel and gone on ‘walkabout.’ ‘I’m like, how does my dog take himself on a walkabout when you’re in charge of him?” Carter recalls.” Levi’s remains were found over three months later.

About Susan Nilson

Susan Nilson began her career with Reuters in London, England, and has over 15 years’ editorial experience in print and digital publications across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is currently managing editor of BARKS from the Guild. She is also a companion animal behavior consultant and trainer (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) and an accredited professional canine behavior consultant (Pet Professional Accreditation Board).

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