New Bern kennel reopens, looks for fresh start after fire

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – A New Bern kennel is back open for business several months after a fire shut it down and led to the deaths of 25 dogs.

After the loss, Lynaire Kennels owner Heather Stanley said they wanted a fresh start. Fire crews saved half the building, along with 10 cats and 10 dogs.

“We had to go through a lot of emotions from then to now, and it’s been a very rough road,” Stanley said.

She began with safety.

“We have security systems, fire alarm systems, burglary alarm systems; everything is wired straight to the fire department and the police department,” said Stanley.

She said it is hard to think about the past, but the support she has received has kept her going.

“The motivation was the community,” said Stanley. “They backed us up 110 percent.”

Anthony Maher has been coming to Lynaire Kennels for 15 years, and he said he knew exactly where to drop off his dogs Rambo and Roxie when he was heading out of town Friday.

“They love our animals,” said Maher. “You see them when they came in. She sat with them, and they are really good.”

Pet owner Margaret Morris agrees.

“I’m excited that when I go away or to my doctors that I know that my dogs are in good care,” said Morris. “These girls love my dogs.’

Stanley said she is confident she will never have to look back.

“I see another 20 years,” Stanley said.

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