SALISBURY — Nearly a dozen dogs were killed in a fire at an animal hospital in Salisbury.
The fire started at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Rowan Animal Clinic on Statesville Boulevard. The fire completely destroyed the building.
According to fire officials, 10 small dogs were possibly inside the building at the time the fire broke out. None of them were able to be rescued. Fire crews worked relentlessly to fight the blaze and rescue and recover the animals, no matter the condition.
"The sheriff's department, along with the firefighters, tried to get to the animals, and they were unable to get to them,” said fire investigator for Rowan County Deborah Horne.
Long-time client Neal Wilkinson said he immediately offered his support to the doctor who cared for his animals.
"As soon as we heard, we came up to see if we could just offer support to Dr. Lowe,” said Wilkinson.
Fire officials said the dogs' remains were removed from the building and will be given to their families. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.