At Least Ten Dogs Dead From Fiery Pet Daycare Blaze - My9 New Jersey

At Least Ten Dogs Dead From Fiery Pet Daycare Blaze

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Clifton, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

A pet sitting service in Clifton, New Jersey called "Your Family Pet Sitters" on Mountainview Drive went up in flames. The bodies of 10 dogs were found; one dog and three cats remain missing, but are presumed dead.

The fire was so bad that some firefighters even had to be taken to the hospital. Deputy Fire Chief Michael Sauer spoke about the fiery blaze.

"The owner who came home to find the fire, she called 911. She was able to rescue a couple of the dogs. She couldn't enter the house because of the heavy smoke conditions," he explained.

Sauer says that he and his men made the animals their top priority since no one else was home. Unfortunately, they weren't able to get them all out alive.

The husband of the business owner, Tom Kieffer, said they love their pets and this situation is worse than losing his mother.

“It's the worst thing to even happen in my life, worse than my mother passing away. It's the worst thing that has ever happened. I just wish that's what I want everyone to know. You can talk to any of her clients, even dogs who perished, their sympathies are with us as well and we're grieving together,” he said.

City officials say this business did not have a license to operate a pet sitting service in their residential neighborhood. Kieffer says that is not the case.

"She was fully licensed and insured. Tax ID number, legit business, so of there was anything else that we were missing, so be it,” he said

Firefighters are still investigating the cause of this deadly blaze.

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