Some of the families mourning the loss of their pets in a kennel fire last Saturday are seeking legal advice.
Eighteen dogs died of asphyxiation when the Family K9 kennel erupted in flames.
The families say the owners shouldn't have left the dogs unattended.
Michel Cohen is among the critics. On Thursday, he was still in the Dominican Republic with his wife and three sons, but says he has been in touch with other families who also lost their pets.
Cohen and some others have already hired a lawyer. And although he is still grieving for the loss of his four-year-old goldendoodle Dexter, he is also trying to figure out how and why those dogs died.
"We have to make sure something like this never happens again," he says. "Because there are 17 other families going through what we're going through right. We have to understand all the facts first, and we'll act accordingly as a result of our findings."
Cohen says he never would have left his dog at the kennel if he didn't think they'd be supervised constantly.
The kennel's owner Nick Zevgolis was also distraught, although he says he never claimed he'd be able to always be on site.
But he says he understands his clients' grief and anger.
"It's incomprehensible for me," he says through tears. "So I can only imagine what it's like for them."
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