27 dogs killed Wednesday at Bristol residence where seven died in November fireBy JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent
December 13. 2017 9:40PM
BRISTOL — Nine German shepherds were seized from a Chestnut Street property after a fire Wednesday killed 27 dogs — three weeks after a fire at the same address killed seven dogs.
Police responded to the home at 7:46 a.m. and found the dead dogs — 24 puppies and three adult dogs, said Sgt. Aaron Chapple.
The first fire, in which two adults dogs and five newborn puppies were killed, occurred in the main residence. That blaze was reported at 4:45 a.m. on Nov. 22 and severely damaged the house.
Chapple said that fire is believed to have been caused by a knocked-over heat lamp; it is considered accidental.
Wednesday’s blaze was in an outbuilding and remains under investigation, Chapple said.
He said the fact that there were two fires at the same location just weeks apart prompted police to obtain a warrant to seize the surviving dogs. The German shepherds were transferred to the custody of an animal-welfare agency, he said.
No humans were injured in either fire, said Chapple.
He said the owner of the property was not operating a kennel, but may have been breeding dogs. Chapple said he did not know her name.