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UPDATE: Dogs Rescued From Blaze Were Being Kept Temporarily For “Out-Of-County Breeder,” According To Fire Department


photo credit: Nora Peterson

As we previously reported, dozens of dogs were rescued from a house fire in Martinez on Tuesday.

The homeowner had approximately 70 dogs — mostly Pomeranians — at the Barber Lane home, which had to be evacuated as Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters responded at 11:11 a.m. and dealt with the blaze spreading to the home’s second floor.

Three residents were at the house and one was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.
When firefighters arrived, a resident was trying to put out the garage fire with a garden hose. When firefighters entered, they were met by a rush of small dogs. Two other residents and neighbors were trying to get all of the dogs out.


“Some were running loose in the street, where there were firefighters, and firefighting apparatus and neighbors everywhere,” said fire district spokesperson Steve Hill. “It was a pretty chaotic scene.”

Firefighters knocked the blaze down by 11:29 a.m. Hill said people it appeared all dogs got out safely. Most were put in a neighbor’s fenced-in front yard, while others went in crates.

Hill said the homeowners were keeping the dogs temporarily for an out-of-county breeder, who was on their way to get the dogs by mid-afternoon.

Hill said investigators haven’t determined the exact cause of the fire but said there was evidence of wiring in the garage that wasn’t up to code. He said it appeared to be a “hoarder house,” and was difficult to sift through to investigate.



Oh, please January 18, 2023 - 12:11 PM - 12:11 PM

So, they lied to the firefighters and they believed them????

Easy fix. Talk to the neighbors and take the dogs away.

Bella January 18, 2023 - 8:29 PM - 8:29 PM

I thought they may be either a breeder or holding for.

Dr. Jellyfinger January 19, 2023 - 8:01 AM - 8:01 AM

There’s money to be made!
The “Adoption Fee” for a pure bred Pommy starts at around $550
“Adoption” ………… what a racket.
Even ARF gets a couple hundred per dog of whatever mixed breed.
It isn’t an adoption or a rescue…. it’s a purchase.

Here is a site I found at random:

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