Ten English Bulldogs Rescued During North Concord House Fire

March 29, 2013 19:55 pm · 49 comments




10 dogs were rescued during a house fire on Hillsborough Drive in North Concord on Friday night.

The blaze was confirmed to be a kitchen fire that ended up filling the house with smoke. The fire was extinguished within a matter of minutes. The fire was started after a pot was left on the stove.

No injuries were reported.

photo credit: Craig Cannon – for use only on Claycord.com

TEN ? March 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Somebody got some, esplaining to do.

CLAYCORD.com March 29, 2013 at 8:16 PM

The homeowner is a good person and a well respected breeder, not at all a back yard breeder.

Ashley March 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Why do they have ten of them? Thank god they were all saved ! If they need homes I have a bully that needs a friend:)

ale March 29, 2013 at 8:26 PM

They are adorable. I want one!

BagsFlyFree March 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Good looking Bully’s!!

Mimi (original) March 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

10? Isn’t the legal limit 3??

Stacy March 29, 2013 at 8:32 PM

A well respected breeder would not keep their animals in cages. They should be ashamed.

J. March 29, 2013 at 8:34 PM

This house is on the Scanner right now.

It’s getting reported as being burglarized.

But it’s all a misunderstanding.

The contractors are going through the kitchen with flashlights and an alert neighbor passing by thought it was a burglary in progress. lol

Mommykinz March 29, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Geesh, judge much? Those look like travel kennels, how do you know they weren’t put there for safekeeping. But I do believe you are incorrect in general, most people with 10 dogs (whether they show or breed) don’t often have them all running around the house and often have a kennel set up of some type (not cages persay). But many dogs are crate trained and enjoy their crates while their owners are at work. NOTHING wrong with that.

MK March 29, 2013 at 8:48 PM

The dogs are likely crated because they were displaced by the fire. I would not just assume the breeder keeps them in cages.

@Stacy March 29, 2013 at 8:55 PM

It’s a CRATE not a cage! Most dog owners use them for training purposes, they are NOT kept in them all day. They also keep your pet safe and out of harms way as in this case here. If those dogs were loose it would’ve been a nightmare trying to round them all up. I’m sure they were very scared.
Don’t judge if you don’t know!

ctown March 29, 2013 at 8:58 PM


A good pet owner would have enough cages for all there beloved animals. What is CFD suppose to do when they are rescuing these little pups?? Tie them all to tree in the yard, or let them run lose. Do not be so quick to judge.

Melanie March 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM

#6, if there was a fire and the dogs had to be brought outside, they would be crated for their safety. I’m sure they aren’t always kept in crates. Pretty dogs!

Steve March 29, 2013 at 9:03 PM

I feel bad for their neighbors!!

anonanonagain March 29, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I love English Bulldogs!!! I would love one!!! Winston Churchill had a face just like theirs…..

Anon March 29, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Mimi’s right; the legal limit is three dogs. WTF owners?

Chester E. Kitty March 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

@Stacy … are you serious???? These animals look very well cared for. Instead of criticizing, why don’t you just be happy that the dogs are all safe and sound?

I love my dog but I keep him in a crate sometimes. And dogs typically like being in a crate … they feel safe.

And like others have said … maybe they are only in their crates since they just rounded them up to get them out of the house?

Stacy March 29, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Having crates/cages in case of an emergency is the sign of a great pet owner. You’re right, I don’t know if they’re kept like that all the time. However, in general I am against pet breeding. If you can’t guarantee their humane treatment for their lifetime, then I don’t think you have a right to profit off their life. It’s my opinion and I know it won’t be shared by all or even most and I am fine with that.

Relax March 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Those our good people with great care for there pets. That’s a lot of money sitting there in the driveway.

@killjoy March 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Nice work ff’s, cute dogs

Craig Cannon March 29, 2013 at 10:19 PM

The Owners Son was there. He was so worried, and caring for those Dogs it was amazing. He Washed every Dog down to Cool them off, and remove any Soot. A very nice Neighbor held on to a Puppy, until he could be re-located. I’m not Dog Expert, but the English Bulls looked very well taken care of, and were very excited from all the folks around. Lucky Dog(s). Thanks Con Fire for a Great Job saving Everyone’s Best Friends.

Amy March 29, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Thank God the dogs are safe! The dogs look healthy to me. Fire fighters would rather rescue a dog in a crate than see a beautiful animal dead due to a fire.

Subterfuge March 30, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Crazy dog people.

Antler March 30, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Respected breeders used to have to have Animal Services inspect their homes ( seems to me they took note of our acreage here and that we had outdoor safety-latched kennel runs with shelter for dogs when we left home), we had to pay a higher fee for licensing, too. That was a bit daunting because we only bred our pick-of-litter dams out to national dual champions once every two or three years (and only bred each dam one time before having her spayed).

The animals in the pictures look very healthy! But the number of adult dogs does seem high, and the lot does seem small for there to be enough exercise space for that many animals. However, is it possible that this breed simply does not need to break into a full run in order to get proper exercise?

MK at #10 made a good observation about the probable reason the dogs are in their travel cages. But some dogs of certain breeds might need to be caged when they are indoors at night (issues with their “habits”)… or even when their owners need to keep them indoors for a few hours while they run errands on a rainy day, etc., (various scenarios possible). It would be more typical to have a blanket, or soft foam pad, or absorbent paper on the floors of the cages …… but these dogs’ cage bottoms are bare, so that’s the reason I think ….am hoping…..that this simply was a rushed precautionary caging.

Anon March 30, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Thank God we don’t tell people what they can and can’t do in their own homes, like with that whole pot farm in the front yard thing in Concord. Man that would just be an invasion of privacy, geesh!

Mr. Bassman March 30, 2013 at 2:52 AM

That’s a bunch of bull!

C’mon, someone had to say it.

Csspaw March 30, 2013 at 3:09 AM

I’ll puppy sit if the owners need help.

Im with stacy March 30, 2013 at 5:33 AM

Crating is not the issue here. Since this county is still euthanizing upwards of 12,000 adoptable dogs and cats each year, because there aren’t enough ‘forever’ homes to go around, breeders are dirty birds in my book. Every breed is represented in the death roll. English Bull Dogs are not immune to the affects of pet- overpoppulation. And of all breeds…these are a genetic nightmare.

Until there are none, adopt one.

Sophia March 30, 2013 at 6:54 AM

I know this family. My heart goes out to them. She has been breeding dogs for as long as I can remember

Awww!! (= March 30, 2013 at 7:40 AM

I want oneee!!!

Well.. March 30, 2013 at 8:02 AM

@ Mimi and Anon – I am not a breeder but I believe a breeding license allows more than three dogs. I could be wrong, though.

You can tell those dogs are very well taken care of. Just beautiful!

Fideo March 30, 2013 at 8:04 AM

They look like great dogs. I hope they were all recovered safely. I imagine both the dogs and their humans suffered quite a bit of trauma.

Dog Lover March 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Why do the crates have soo much feces in them? There’s nothing wrong with crate training pets, but it shows they’ve been left in there for a while if they actually go to the bathroom in there. Seems a little fishy to me.

Law Dog March 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

According to nanny laws, running a dog breeding business out of the home would require a home business permit and a business license. Uh-oh.

The oversight MUST be a result of Obama’s sequester.

lovemybully March 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

i would like to know how someone can afford 10 bulldogs. 1 has been enough for me! lol

Antler March 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

#28 ~ ~ ~ I think there need not be an issue of whether purebred breeds are “right or wrong”. Let’s focus on spay or neuter so as to prevent there being so many abandoned strays and ferals of both cats and dogs. The dog we have now is a rescue dog found running free out from Salt Lake City, Utah; three separate association members participated in ferrying her (along with 4 other Brittanys, one English setter, and an unknown-breed small dog) to pre-approved homes in Sacramento area and the Bay Area. My husband did the Truckee to Roseville part of the shuttle. We participate in the Brittany Rescue Club just because we are so familiar with that breed, but most breeds have a national rescue network, and animal controls and shelters will immediately contact those associations when they recognize a pure-bred dog or cat.

Here’s the point I would like to make: pure-bred animals are not one bit WORSE THAN a stray, and it would be nice if both categories would find adoptive homes.

#33 ~ ~ ~ Yes, I do see what you mean now that I look more closely. Note cage on far right…..particulate all around water bowl and floor and on the dog’s feet. I might need to retract my defense!

Bonny sovereign March 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I would love to have one if they are available ?

Antler March 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

* error of omission in my previous post:

My husband did not just end the shuttle in Sacramento! As a volunteer, he transported all 5 Brittanys here to Concord to our home, where each had it’s own kennel run with dog house until the adoptive owners arrived over the next two days to sign legal papers. The owners previously had been visited by one of the CA Brittany Rescue board members so that home and personalities could be checked for readiness to receive and care for an animal….ie, we did not have to screen anyone because that had already been done.

County shelters and rescue clubs alike have to be vigilant against those (expletive deleted) people who adopt animals for use as “bait fighters” in their training of specifically-bred fighting breeds for gaming.

@Im with stacy @28 March 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

A responsible breeder will take back one of their dogs if the new home doesn’t work out no matter what the age of the dog. I know a breeder who took back a 9 year old and rehomed it. The dogs you are referring to are from irresponsible breeders. Control them and you would have no dogs in shelters.

Well.. March 30, 2013 at 12:26 PM

@ DogLover # 33 I would poop my pants also if I was in a house fire. I’m sure the dogs sensed some danger and then the excitement of the FF probably didn’t help. But one cage with some poop doesn’t mean all the cages have them.

WasThere March 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I drove by last night and observed animal control out front writing his report.
I would imagine if they were in violation of any codes they would have been addressed at that time.

Bubba 94521 March 30, 2013 at 2:43 PM

@Stacy and some others need to take a moment to learn to think outside of the box. What if only responsible breeders were out there? That is, every breeding was planned with health tested dogs who had finished in either the conformation ring or herding or obedience. What if breeder took back every one of their progeny if something went wrong and that was what was expected of breeders from the general public? Then these other jackasses who don’t breed for the betterment of their breed but rather to make money would be out of business. The real responsible breeders WANT to take back any one of the progeny that can no longer stay in the home they have originally been placed. They want to take those dogs back and rehome them themselves. What if that was the only people breeding? Then CCAS would be happily out of business and we’d all be better off for it. Think differently. The way we’re thinking isn’t working.

old concord March 30, 2013 at 2:49 PM

They are beautiful. I am so glad their safe. Good luck little buddies.=)

Former Claycordian March 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Just a comment on the crating business. All dogs should be crate trained as pups. It makes it so much easier on them if they have to have veterinary care and have to be crated at the hospital. Imagine that the dog has an emergency and is stressed out to start and then has to deal with being caged when it has never experienced being caged.

Dogs are descended from denning animals. If crate training is done properly, a dog learns to love his crate and will choose to go there when he wants to feel safe or to take a nap or to get out of the way of visitors. And carrying your dog crated in the car is much safer for him.

As to the dogs shown crated, it looks like someone was trying to provide water and the water got dumped. I can’t tell if that’s poop or a biscuit, but I would think that in all the hubbub of a fire, you might cut them a little slack if the crate wasn’t immediately cleaned! Glad it wasn’t more serious and that no one got hurt.

Jessica March 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

The crate that every one is so upset over contains a 4mo old PUPPY! I know this because I sold the owner said puppy. Puppies can and do have accidents, esp when stressed. These are show dogs folks and that puppy is out of champion parents that BOTH have health certifications on them, the mother just received an award at the National level for having 8 health certifications. Animal control was out and found no reason to cite the owner. People should not be so quick to judge when you clearly do not know what you’re talking about. Had there not been crates on hand, it would have been chaos trying to contain stressed and excited dogs.

good neighbor March 30, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Worst dog ever.. can’t climb into a car, needs help onto the couch and worst of all can’t even clean his own butt

moe March 30, 2013 at 9:39 PM

@Sophia….how can i contact you for the breeders info?

Cory Ann March 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Typical, 10 hot dogs but onry 8 buns in package.

VeryCute April 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Very cute dogs. I lvoe that breed. Very handsome. I’m so glad that they all got out of the fire safely. YAY!

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