By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

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.

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A total of 29 dogs died.

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An investigation found the kennel was filthy, and many of the dogs had been abused.

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Mercado will be sentenced later this month.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff