An early morning fire at a marijuana grow house in Oakland resulted in the discovery and rescue of a litter of pit bull puppies Saturday.
No one appeared to be home so firefighter made a forcible entry inside and quickly determined the source of the fire.
Sheppard said crews had the incident under control 10 minutes later, though the situation was complicated by the fact that the house was being used to grow marijuana – the electrical wiring was not up to code and a pit bull was discovered inside, making the circuit panel difficult to access.
Crews later discovered the dog was protecting a litter of puppies, just hours old.
“Units did, when they made entry, find a pit bull and a litter of pups, which had probably been born within the last 24 hours,” said Sheppard. “So it was a good rescue for them, at least in that regard. “Sheppard could not provide much information on the pot grow operation, but described it as “medium-sized.”
No one was injured fighting the fire, according to Sheppard. Oakland Animal Control arrived minutes after the fire was extinguished to take the dogs back to a shelter and care for them.