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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

43 Horses Perish in Stable Fire

Puslinch Township | by Bayshore News Staff  

More than 40 racehorses die after a fire at Classy Lane Stables Training Centre.

Tragedy in Ontario's horse racing community.

More than 40 racehorses from across the province have died in a stable fire in Puslinch, near Guelph.

The fire began after 11 PM on Monday at the Classy Lane Stables Training Centre.

Firefighters from Guelph, Hamilton and other communities were called to fight the blaze.

Barb Millier -- who owns the facility with her husband -- is currently in Florida.

She estimates at least 43 of the animals perished.

Millier says her husband is scrambling to get a flight back home as soon as possible.

She says all of the horses are standardbreds owned by trainers who race them at Mohawk, Woodbine and Flamboro racetracks.

Co-owner Jamie Millier says groomers, veterinarians, blacksmiths and other professionals in the industry will feel the effects of the disaster for months to come.

The OPP and the Ontario Fire Marshall's office are also investigating.

Damage is pegged at moire than $100-million.

Several online campaigns have already sprung up to help raise money for the people affected.

One Go Fund Me page has raised $30,000.




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