Lehigh Valley

Owners of building where 63 pets died will be cited

Animals were killed last week in fire along Route 309 in North Whitehall

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The owners of the North Whitehall Township building where more than 60 animals died last week will be cited for violating the township's zoning ordinance.

"The owner of the property will receive a citation and a magistrate will determine the fine to be paid," said township manager Jeff Bartlett.

Sixty-one cats and two dogs died in the fire that occurred at 12:15 p.m. July 15 in a building at 4703 Route 309 in the township

The owners of the property are Kim Jon Chung and Duk Suk, according to Lehigh County property records.

Three families living in apartments in the building escaped.

North Whitehall residents are limited to a combined total of six dogs and cats, unless their property covers at least three  acres, in which case when the maximum number rises to ten, explained Bartlett.

He said having more than 10 animals on one property is considered a kennel, which is subject to other restrictions.

Bartlett said an exception is if a cat has kittens, explaining they don't add to the count until they are three months old.

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