An outcry to investigate the deaths of pets of Tea Tree Gully kennels
There are mixed opinions into whether TTG should even be investigated. Some say the facility had been told they weren’t in the path of the fires. Others say the conditions were well-known and reported in mainstream and local media. Multiple warnings were issued from SA Police and Country Fire Services, reporting extensive road closures.
Not only was the condition said to be known, TTG allegedly had multiple offers of help from volunteers. Pet owners who had animals at the facility were said to have asked on the TTG Boarding Facebook page as to whether they should come and collect their dogs and cats, and were assured the animals were safe. Since TTG was believed by the owners to be safe, the animals weren’t moved out of the area.
Other facilities were able to successfully evacuate their animals during the bushfires.
To prevent future tragedy, those wishing for an investigation are also seeking guidelines for minimum standards, where laws and legislation would be updated and applied to boarding facilities for pets.
County Fire Services were able to rescue 40 dogs trapped in one of the kennel buildings.
Facebook: Support for Tea Tree Gully boarding kennels and cattery stated on their page, set up for supporters of the facility
“During the devestating fires that swept across our Adelaide hills region the lovely people at Tea Tree Gully boarding kennels and cattery lost not only their home, business and own pets but also those who were in their care. This tragic event has not only left them heartbroken but it has seen the worst come out in some people who believe it is their fault and have started disrespectful and hurtful pages against them. These fires were a tragic and very sad event that took place and unfortunately could not be controlled.”
TTG is seeking removal of Facebook pages that have sprung up supporting a lawsuit. That page can be viewed here. To see dogs and cats who lost their precious lives, a memorial page has been set up here.
Rest in peace, sweet babies. It’s a miracle any made it out alive.
Please feel free to leave a comment as to whether you believe TTG should be held responsible. Or have they suffered enough with the loss of their home and business, as well as their own pets.