Adelaide fires burn down pet kennel - no cats survived, over 40 dogs rescued

Raging bushfires in South Australia have burned down homes as well as a boarding house for animals.

Dozens of cats and dogs perished when bushfires swept through Tea Tree Gully Boarding Kennels and Cattery on Saturday morning (Jan 3), reported Sydney Morning Herald.

The operators of the kennels posted on Facebook on Saturday that while they managed to save over 40 dogs, they were not able to save any of the cats in their care.

It is not known how many cats and dogs were under their care.

The fires sweeping through Adelaide, South Australia, have destroyed 12 homes so far 

More than 30 homes are feared destroyed as firefighters battle an out-of-control bushfire in the state of South Australia, with officials warning Sunday (Jan 4) that lives are in danger even as weather conditions improve.

The state’s Country Fire Service said the intense fire, which broke out Friday (Jan 2) at Sampson Flat in the Mount Lofty Ranges east of Adelaide, was continuing to burn in all directions, threatening lives.

Charred earth near a home during fires near One Tree Hill in the Adelaide Hills, northeast of Adelaide. Photo AFP

But a cool change Sunday is expected to help them work to contain the fire ahead of a forecast rise in temperatures again on Wednesday.

“I can confirm that 12 homes have been destroyed and it’s feared that a further 20 homes have also been lost,” South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill told reporters.

“However, the conditions for firefighting have improved. The weather is cooler and the weather conditions will permit aerial firefighting.

“This is important because it is forecasted that we will have worsening weather conditions on Wednesday so it’s critical that we make headway on reducing the active edges of this fire front.”

More than 11,000 hectares (27,200 acres) have been burnt in the Adelaide Hills, an area in the Mount Lofty Ranges with a population of about 40,000 and that is dotted with scenic villages and known for its farming produce and wineries.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, Facebook, AFP