Fire at Georgetown facility claims 75 dogs

Georgetown Fire responded Sept. 18 to a call at the Ponderosa Pet Resort. (Community Impact Newspaper File Photo)
Georgetown Fire responded Sept. 18 to a call at the Ponderosa Pet Resort. (Community Impact Newspaper File Photo)

Georgetown Fire responded Sept. 18 to a call at the Ponderosa Pet Resort. (Community Impact Newspaper File Photo)

A fire at the Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown resulted in the deaths of 75 dogs late on Sept. 18. according to a release from the City of Georgetown.

“We know each dog that died in this fire was a cherished member of someone’s family, so our heart goes out to all those who were affected by this tragic fire,” Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan said in the statement. “We believe the dogs at the facility likely died due to smoke inhalation, not the flames from the fire. We are working as quickly as we can to (conclude) the investigation, so pets can be returned to their grieving family members as soon as possible.”


The release noted that fire investigators were working to determine the cause and origin of the blaze at 2518 N. Austin Ave., as well as if a fire suppression system or smoke alarms were on-site. According to the city’s release, federal, state and Georgetown fire codes do not require “sprinkler systems for the use and size of the facility,” where the fire broke out at close to 11 p.m. and had Georgetown Fire crews on-site in under 5 minutes.

Per the city’s release, the facility will be contacting family members of the dogs to make arrangements to retrieve them.
By Eddie Harbour

Editor, Cedar Park/Georgetown/Leander

Eddie joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2021 and has been a reporter and editor over the past two decades including lengthy stays at the Antelope Valley Press (Palmdale, Calif.) and Santa Barbara News-Press. He relocated to the Austin area in 2014 from his native California.



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