WEST CHICAGO (CBS) — The owner of a West Chicago dog kennel has been convicted of animal cruelty after a fire left more than two dozen dogs dead.
Garrett Mercado left the animals unattended for five hours when the fire started in 2019.READ MORE: University Of Chicago Police Officer Who Shot Man In Hyde Park Shootout Also Shot Student In 2018
A total of 29 dogs died.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Bitter Cold, But Snow Is On The Way
An investigation found the kennel was filthy, and many of the dogs had been abused.MORE NEWS: Chicago Auto Show's First Look For Charity Gala Fundraiser Set For Feb. 11
Mercado will be sentenced later this month.