Injured man and 10 dogs rescued after Rodgers Forge fire

BALTIMORE — It was just before 1 p.m. Wednesday when Paul Coe detected an alarming smell inside his home in Rodgers Forge.

“I started to smell like a burnt plastic smell… an electronic fire type smell,” Coe said, “So I walked out and saw my neighbor coming out of his door and smoke coming out of the front and we knew he had dogs.”

Not just a few dogs…three adult pointers and four puppies.

When neighbors started helping with the rescue, they learned there were even more.

“As we were coming back to check things out, one of the investigators came out and said there were three more dogs in the basement, like little puppies,” Jen Engers said, “So we were able to come in and get they even thought they were terrified and hid behind this toilet in the downstairs basement.

In the aftermath of the fire, questions remain as to why there were 10 dogs inside the house.

While county residents are limited by code to three adult dogs in a household, additional puppies are allowed so it doesn’t appear the owner has been in violation, but it doesn’t necessarily end there.

“We’re not very happy living next to a breeding dog situation, because sometimes there’s smells and a lot of noise, but that’s what it is,” Coe said, “I don’t blame Not up to the guy trying to make a living or doing what he loves, but that was the situation, as he’s been raising dogs for a while.

Animal Services says all of the dogs appear to be in good health after the fire, although some were exposed to heat and smoke and treated with a special oxygen device designed for pets.


They took custody of the dogs because the owner was unable to inhale smoke. According to the law, the owner has 72 hours to retrieve the dogs, but for now their fate remains unknown.

Officials say conditions inside the house were extremely crowded and ruled the fire accidental, caused by an unspecified power outage in the dining room.

Editor’s Note: Fire officials initially said six dogs were rescued. They have since changed that number to 10.


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