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Charges laid after 14 dog deaths at Saskatoon kennel

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Aurora, a 10-month-old German Shepherd cross, died at the Playful Paws Pet Centre. (Submitted photo)

Aurora, a 10-month-old German Shepherd cross, died at the Playful Paws Pet Centre. (Submitted photo)

SASKATOON - A 50-year-old man has been charged with animal negligence stemming from the deaths of 14 large breed dogs at a pet boarding business over the summer.

The dogs died overnight on Sept. 10, 2016 at Playful Paws, a private kennel in Saskatoon in the 100 block of 105th Street East.

An investigation by police and the Saskatoon SPCA found the dogs were left unattended overnight and were without water in a room police said was "dangerously warm," according to a news release Wednesday. The dogs died from heat stroke and dehydration.

The 50-year-old man, who is charged under the Animal Protection Act, is scheduled to appear March 29 in Saskatoon provincial court.