Update: Geauga County foster dog program thankful for support after fire kills 2 puppies

Update: Geauga County foster dog program thankful for support after fire kills 2 puppies
Geauga County foster dog program mourning loss of 2 puppies in fire, in need of donations (Source: Troy Township Fire Department)

TROY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WOIO) - The Geauga County dog mama who went into labor following a fire that destroyed a barn used to house stray dogs is healthy and all of her 10 babies are feeding.

Fiona had been easily startled before the fire, even when the sound of a camera went off. The rescue organization said they are waiting for Fiona to trust her caregivers so they can take some photos.

The center released a press release that said, “We are working on earning her trust and as any mom with babies trust is a big thing .. we will move at her pace . Thank you once again for everyone’s outpouring of support love and prayers we greatly appreciate each and everyone of you.”

Earlier this week:

A foster dog program in Geauga County is thanking the community for showing support after a fire claimed the lives of two puppies in the specially designed garage that they were housed in.

The Geauga Mama Dogs and Pups say they are “humbled by the outpouring of support we’ve received from dog-lovers across the country over the last 24hrs.”

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“It’s tough to look at that and say, ‘I know what was there,” said Dianne Schubeck, as she looks at the barn on her family’s property.

Schubeck is one of the volunteers who helps take care of abandoned dogs, primarily focusing on new and expecting moms.

She and her family were housing an adult dog and her two puppies, along with a pregnant adult dog.

The puppies didn’t survive and their mother, Amber, was seriously injured.

The Troy Township Fire Department said the fire broke out around 5:15 a.m. on Saturday.

When crews arrived, the garage was already engulfed in flames, according to Troy Township Fire.

“I’m trying to say that it could’ve been so much worse. Two weeks ago we had two litters of puppies and we may not have been home,” said Schubeck.

The other adult dog went into labor and delivered ten healthy puppies.

Amber’s medical bills are estimated to climb as high as $10,000. She’s in a veterinarian hospital in need of medical care “for a long while,” according to Geauga Mama Dogs and Pups.

The community is pitching in to help.

“In Geauga County, pretty much everyone knows everyone,” said firefighter Zachary Bernstein of the Troy Township Volunteer Fire Department. “Out here everyone wants to help everyone. Out here, everyone is about the public and the community.”

The department is collecting various items to help the organization.

“Our duty doesn’t stop or start when those (emergency) tones start or the call ends,” Bernstein said.

A tight knit community coming together in a time of need.

Financial donations are already pouring in. As of Monday afternoon, more than $2,000 had been raised.

“We have to really think about the positive and what this group does,” said Schubeck, referring to the nonprofit group. “We have so much backup. Those puppies, after they were born, we went to another foster who’s taking excellent care of them now.”


Geauga Mama Dogs and Pups said the barn was heated, insulated, and had a kitchen inside to give a clean and safe space for dogs and their puppies.

The organization said the barn also housed bags of dry puppy food, canned puppy food, bowls, vaccines, and vitamins.

Those who are looking to help can still donate through the company’s Amazon wish list.

With those supplies now lost, Geauga Mama Dogs and Pups are asking for financial donations or donations through their Amazon wish list.

Troy Township Fire thanked first responders from Auburn, Burton, Farmington, Garrettsville, Hiram, Middlefield, Newbury, Windham, and the Geauga County Sheriffs and Geauga Fire Investigation Unit for responding to the scene, helping extinguish the fire, and getting the additional resources needed.

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