Animal cruelty charges filed against kennel where 29 dogs died in fire

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WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Animal cruelty charges have been filed against the operator of a suburban Chicago kennel where 29 dogs were killed earlier this year in a fire. Garrett Mercado of Woodridge was also charged with violation of owner’s duties charges on Wednesday. The charges are misdemeanors. DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a news release the 29-year-old Mercado was freed Thursday from the county jail on a $50,000 bond early Thursday.