Update: Missing dog from kennel fire found dead

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- UPDATE: Bailey was found deceased around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday by a Pet Paradise employee near the railroad tracks about 1.5 miles from the resort. Pet Paradise staff transported Bailey to Greenbrier Veterinary Hospital. The kennel released a statement saying they "are devastated by this loss and our hearts go out to Bailey’s family. Pet Paradise will work closely with Bailey’s family to ensure their comfort during this difficult time. We want to thank the Charlottesville community for their assistance searching for the three pets that escaped during the fire, and we thank everyone for their support as Bailey’s family heals from this loss."

Earlier story:

A local kennel is offering a reward for the safe return of two pets that remain lost following a Sunday evening fire.

Pet Paradise is offering a total of $4,000 in rewards for the safe return of the dog Bailey and the cat Izzy, $2,000 per pet.

These two animals were among three that went missing following a fire at the kennel's location on Concord Avenue.

The third animal, a cat named Shadow, was found and returned on Monday night.

The company says at least seven of its staff members have been searching in rotations for the missing pets.

Bailey's owner, Shelley O'Connor, has spent the past two full days searching for her missing dog. She, her mother and several volunteers have focused most of the search effort on the area between McIntire Road and Burley Middle School on Rose Hill Drive.

She's hoping someone will recognize Bailey from the fliers she's posted around town. She hopes property owners will search their own yards and structures to make sure Bailey isn't hiding there. She also has advice for anyone who might spot her dog.

"I would sit and let her come to you instead of trying to chase after her or go to her or make any sudden movements towards her," O'Connor said.

Of the 78 animals that were being boarded at the kennel at the time of the fire, 76 have been accounted for, and most of them are recovering.

However, a 14-year-old dog that suffered from pre-existing congestive heart failure was euthanized following discussions with the animal's owner on Monday.

The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.

Anyone who has information on Bailey should contact Shelley O'Connor at (910) 352-5353.

Those with information on Izzy can contact Pet Paradise by calling (434) 293-7387.



 
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