DOG WORLD has learnt the name of another of the 14 dogs who died in a fire at the kennels of a professional handling team in Ireland.
It is two-year-old Sealyham Terrier, Fanfare's All About Morgan At Mistywaters, owned by Jimmy Hogan.Also killed were Norway's top dog all breeds 2009/10, the German Shepherd Zanta av Quantos, owned by Tor Johansen, who also lost a Corgi, Alex av Quantos, in the blaze.
Zanta represented her country in the Eukanuba Challenge last year and won 73 bests of breed during her career. She was five and a half years old. DW has heard although it has not been confirmed that the Afghan Hound Multi Ch Raffica Herat Saint Or Sinner, who belongs to Jose Antonio Joya Martin of Spain, also died.
All four were being campaigned by the Woodhaven Show Team basedin Donore, Co Kildare, Ireland, where the fire broke out at 5pm on Thursday.
Nine dogs were rescued and are recovering. It is not known which other breeds of dog were involved or to whom they belonged, but it is believed that they include a Spanish Water Dog, Beagle, Afghan Hound, Chinese Crested and some puppies.
Mr Johansen told DOG WORLD that Woodhaven's Justin Carroll phoned him to tell him that his dogs had died. He said he was due to see Mr Carroll's wife at a show on Saturday and hoped to find out more then. Zanta had been at Woodhaven since April and Alex for 18 months.Gardai at Clane are investigating the incident and say that as yet they have not established what caused the fire or where it started.
A police spokesman said no one was injured, and that he understood there was no one present at the kennels at the time. "The scene was preserved for a technical examination and an investigation is underway,” he said.
Mr Carroll and other members of the well-known team campaign dogs worldwide. Its website calls Woodhaven ‘Ireland’s most successful show team’.
Mr Carroll declined to comment on Friday.