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West Chicago Dog Kennel Owner Garrett Mercado Convicted Of Animal Cruelty

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.

A total of 29 dogs died.

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

Mercado will be sentenced later this month.

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