Two pregnant German shepherds, one who was in the midst of delivering her puppies, were killed in a devastating fire which tore through a Saco, Maine, breeder’s training barn on Thursday morning. According to the Press Herald, Doreen Metcalf, owner of Timber Ridge Farm, tried to free the dogs, but the smoke in the area of the two pregnant shepherds was too thick, and she was unable to save them.
After the deadly blaze, a Facebook post was made to followers of Timber Ridge Farm:
Today TR and the world lost two beautiful, intelligent, sweet girls. Vera (sable) and Atte (black). The dog training building burned, and although Doreen worked to get all of her dogs safe, these two were overcome by smoke inhalation. We love these two girls so much and we will miss them every day for the rest of our lives. We thought our hearts had broken at the loss of Uhdelle in November. It turns out that a heart is one of those things that can repeatedly break.
According to WGME News, it took firefighters over an hour to bring the fire under control; the training barn was completely destroyed. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation – it is not considered to be suspicious.
The same breeding facility faced tragedy in November 2016 when one of their dogs, a female named “Uhdelle,” was stolen and then dumped away from the breeder’s property. The dog, who was said to be “terrified” and running for hours, was then struck and killed by a car. Read the heartbreaking story at this link.
(Image screenshot via Timber Ridge Farm FB page)
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