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100 dogs die in Upstate kennel fire

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SALEM, SC (WYFF) - Oconee County deputies are investigating a fire that destroyed a kennel on Ellenburgs Drive in Salem and killed more than 100 dogs and puppies being housed there.

Oconee County Chief Deputy Terry Wilson said a cause for the fire hasn't been found, so soil samples from the debris have been sent to the State Law Enforcement Division in Columbia to see if any accelerants were used.

"When we arrived on scene, there really wasn't anything there to really give us any idea of what happened or why it happened," said Wilson.

Wilson said there was a complaint about the conditions at the kennel in July, but that complaint was dismissed.

"Everything was clean. (The dogs) had plenty of water. They had some fans in there to try to keep it cool," said Wilson. "(Investigators) said all of the animals looked great."

The property and kennels are owned by Johnny and Annette Ellenburg, Wilson said.

Annette Ellenburg was visibly distraught when News 4 talked to her Tuesday. She said she had raised the dogs since each was born.

Neighbor Furman Wilson said there was nothing anyone could do to save the animals.

"By the time I got over there, it was done fully engulfed, and the truck beside it was on fire," said Furman Wilson. "I just hate to see all them pups burn up like that. Mrs. Ellenburg thought the world of them dogs."

Results from the soil samples are expected back from SLED within 10 days.

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