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Fire at dog breeder ruled an accident

Posted December 30, 2010

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— The Johnston County Fire Marshall's Office ruled Thursday that the fire that killed eight dogs at a Selma breeding facility was an accident.

Firefighters rescued more than 35 dogs from Puppy Paradise, at 1188 W. Blanche St. (extended), after a barn on the property caught fire Wednesday morning.

Firefighters said the dogs were trapped in their cages, but someone at the scene freed as many of them as possible. Not all were able to escape the old building, part of which collapsed in the fire.

Investigators were still trying Thursday to determine how the blaze started.  

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  • RM24 Jan 5, 2011

    Where is all this hate about the man who was molesting children in Goldsboro. Do you not have the same issues with him. Is that not an important "cause". Cant camp out and protest what he did. But can continue to harpe on this story???????

  • Machoman Jan 4, 2011

    From the looks of the place they don't have a habitable area for any animal. Much less enough intelligence to run a breeding operation. The heat system was "make shift" if any heat! Need stricter rules for kennels!

  • pickiepiddler Jan 3, 2011

    I hope someone will now keep a watchful eye on this place. CALL IT PUPPY PARADISE IF THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER, BUT IT CERTAINLY BORDERING PUPPY MILL. Let hope this year NRA & Farm Bureau doesnt stop SB460 from passing!!!!

  • rescuefan Dec 31, 2010

    "So much for those who said it was a puppy mill. Puppy mills have hundreds of dogs, not just 35 or 45 or 50.

    And as a general rule, although there are exceptions to every rule, those that have to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars for a papered dog or cat generally take great care of them, so don't discount the legal breeders.
    WheresTheTardis"

    I have no idea where you are getting your "information", but puppymills do NOT have to have 100s of dogs to qualify as a puppymill. 45-50 (or 75 or 150), it doesn't matter, they are a puppymill. Tons of dogs being used as breeding machines = puppymill, it's very simple. I can't understand how anyone can defend what these people have been doing.

  • sunny13 Dec 31, 2010

    Fatchaseimwrong: if you don't have any money and would like to take care of a dog, you can also go to some rescue place and volunteer to be a foster parent. They may have a dog which they believe may not be easy to be adopted by someone else. All of the medical expenses are covered by the rescue place. It's worth checking into it. :)

  • RB-1 Dec 31, 2010

    LGP - "prove it was a PUPPY MILL" ... "Why can't you UNDERSTAND? REGARDLESS, they are in business for the $$$, and that's it!"

    And you think the shelters don't ever make money off of selling animals?

    Sure, I think shelter animals are best, if the shelter is a healthy happy one, but LGP, some county animal shelters are no in no better shape than some puppy mills are.

  • RB-1 Dec 31, 2010

    So much for those who said it was a puppy mill. Puppy mills have hundreds of dogs, not just 35 or 45 or 50.

    And as a general rule, although there are exceptions to every rule, those that have to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars for a papered dog or cat generally take great care of them, so don't discount the legal breeders.

  • takeapaws Dec 31, 2010

    It if looks like a puppy mill, it is a puppy mill. People, please call it what it is. No reputable breeder would have this amount of dogs in cages with no socialization. How sad that this establishment is even described as a breeder!

  • bmg379 Dec 31, 2010

    what a bunch of misinformation,the initial story said 1/2 of the 150 dogs were saved

  • Lets Go Pirates. Dec 31, 2010

    prove it was a PUPPY MILL

    Why can't you UNDERSTAND? REGARDLESS, they are in business for the $$$, and that's it! Stop trying to justify your breeding, vetting, researching, and selling of animals. IF you are about animals you'd STOP!

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