Lynaire Kennels owner plans to rebuild after fire

NEW BERN, NC (WNCT) – The couple who runs Lynaire Kennels hopes to rebuild their facility, after over two dozen dogs were killed in a fire.

“They were part of our pet family, and the pets that we lost yesterday were our family,” said owner Linda Jarvis. “We love them like our own.”

Investigators have not determined a cause of the fire that tore through the kennel. 20 animals were saved, 27 dogs were killed. Jarvis lost one of her own dogs in the fire.

Despite the tragedy, many of her customers have begged her to build again. Her insurance may help the owners heal as well, by providing compensation for them to purchase a new dog.

“Money doesn’t help the loss, you know, you can’t replace the dog” said Jarvis. “But as dog lovers, many of them want another dog, and that’s all I can do is help with that.”

There’s been an outpouring of support for both the owners of the kennel and the dogs lost. A makeshift memorial now sits outside the facility.

“I just felt like I wanted to do something, and since I didn’t know any of the people or the dogs, it just feels like it’s something you could show you remembrance,” said Jasper Riggs. He lives down the street from the kennel and wanted to express sympathy to the owners of Lynaire Kennels, and the owners of the dogs lost.

Jarvis said rebuilding offers hope, but it won’t bring the 27 dogs back, “Buildings can be rebuilt, but these pets, these pets are irreplaceable to us.”

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