14 dogs from Wellington kennel die in hot truck

14 dogs from Wellington kennel die in hot truck
Courtney Corral-Morris (Source: Facebook)
Courtney Corral-Morris (Source: Facebook)
Courtney Corral-Morris (Source: Facebook)
Courtney Corral-Morris (Source: Facebook)
(Source: WOIO)
(Source: WOIO)

LORAIN COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A heat-related tragedy involving Lakesyde Kennel and Handling in Wellington in Lorain County is under investigation.

Fourteen dogs died inside a hot truck on Friday while they were in South Bend, Ind., for the Michiana Kennel Club AKC Dog Show.

"To have something this tragic happen, it affects everybody," said Cheryl Crompton, of the Michiana Kennel Club. "It's been very solemn all day. I've cried, just at the loss of life."

Officials said kennel owner Courtney Corral-Morris had an air conditioner in the truck but a circuit breaker tripped and the power was cut while she was napping.

"All of us here at the Humane Society of St. Joseph County are heavy-hearted over the loss of these fourteen beloved companion animals and our thoughts and prayers go out to their owners in this time of grief. We are continuing our investigation into this incident but nevertheless this is a tragic and devastating situation for all those involved," according to a statement by The Humane Society of St. Joseph in Indiana.

Police called it an "unfortunate incident."  

The Humane Society is investigating, but police said they found no sign of criminal intent.

Morris owned six of the dogs and eight belong to other owners. A vet will perform the equivalent of an autopsy on at least two of the dogs.

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