West Little Havana Strip Mall Fire Kills 30 Puppies

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A fire tore through this strip mall last night.

After Miami firefighters got control of a blaze tearing through a strip mall in west Little Havana late last night, they made a gruesome discovery inside the charred building: at least 30 puppies dead inside a gutted pet shop.

"That smoke filled up that entire building pretty quickly," Lt. Ignatius Carroll, a fire department spokesman, tells Riptide. "There was no way to save those puppies."

The fire broke out around 10 last night in a building at NW Seventh Street and 32nd Court and quickly grew large enough that 40 firefighters had to swarm the strip mall, Carroll says. The flames were tearing through an attic space shared by all the businesses.

"That's the worst kind of fire to battle because it can go all the way through the building really quickly and you have to go into every business to fight it," Carroll says. "Then it makes the roof unstable."

It took the firefighters a little more than an hour to put out the blaze. Inside a shop called Beverly Hills Puppies, they found dozens of dead dogs.

"Some of the guys rushed a few of them outside to see if they could save them, but it was just too late," Carroll says.

The shop's owner, Martin Leon, tells NBC 6 the puppies were French and English bulldogs worth about $2,000 a piece. They weren't insured. "We've been destroyed by the fire," he tells the station.

Fire investigators will spend the day trying to determine the cause of the blaze, Carroll says.

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21 comments
Amanda Drewniak
Amanda Drewniak

It is sad but we must do something to put puppy mills out of business. Those who were not purchased would have been doomed to death anyway:,(

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blanks

These puppy mills need to be shut down. Keeping 100 puppies in cages in tiny retail fronts is completely inhumane. 

Katherine Elizabeth
Katherine Elizabeth

Adopt, Please Don't Shop for Pets...you're supporting puppy mills when you do...Miami Dade Animal Shelter has adoptable puppies, purebreds and mixed breeds. Thanks!

Luisy VWater
Luisy VWater

I saw all the police and fire fighters last night, going crazy at one direction.....so sad to find the reason now. I even posted a picture of my mother in law's French bulldog named piggy last night after visiting them. Poor dogs :((

radiatedjupiter
radiatedjupiter

This story pisses me off. How irresponsible of the owner of the puppy store to not have insurance. Typical typical typical Miami.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

@Terry St Angelo I prefer to buy mine in back alleys, out of trunks of cars.  Cash only.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@radiatedjupiter why dowa the owner not having insurance bother you? It doesn't affect you in the least.

HeySh1tBird
HeySh1tBird

@HarryTheHandyman Hey troll, you can buy puppies from private breeders or adopt a pet from the humane society. Both better options than supporting this kind of puppy mill. 

radiatedjupiter
radiatedjupiter

@Anthonyvop1 Who are you to say how I should feel about it? As a pet owner and a miami native, it affects me. Shit never changes in Miami. It's highly irresponsible and now we have to feel sorry for him because he didn't tend to his business properly? Bullshit. Poor dogs.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@radiatedjupiter @Anthonyvop1 

I was just curious about your motivation.  You don't seem like the person who cares about fiduciary responsibility.

    I feel sorry for those who lost their businesses.   While I agree the owner should have had insurance the death of the puppies pales in comparison to the loss of the people who lost their livelihoods.

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