Show dogs die after being placed in van

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | 1:57 p.m. CDT

ARNOLD, Mo. — An investigation continues following the deaths of seven St. Louis-area show dogs.

Jefferson County authorities were called Tuesday to a home in Arnold. Sheriff Glenn Boyer says the 24-year-old custodian of the dogs had returned home from a show in Iowa and planned to put the dogs in kennels in the garage.

But because of the heat, she decided to leave the dogs in portable kennels in a van. She says she placed six electric fans in the van, left a door open, and left windows partially open.

The custodian says she checked on the dogs at 4:05 a.m. and they appeared fine. But when she checked again at 6:30 a.m. they were in distress. She drove the dogs to a veterinarian.

The cause of death has not been determined.

The dogs had different owners. An eighth dog survived.

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