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FBI Agents Collect Evidence at Closed Rowley Kennel | Local News

ROWLEY — Agents from the FBI’s Evidence Response Team arrived at the closed Hydrant Regency kennel Friday morning to collect evidence about two weeks after local police closed the Route 1 business.

About 30 dogs were removed from the kennel on August 29 and returned to their owners after local police and animal welfare agencies shut down the business, according to local police.

Shortly after, Rowley Police Chief Scott Dumas said his department was conducting a “criminal investigation” into Hydrant Regency owners April and Marc Bernhardt after police discovered unsafe conditions there.

FBI Boston spokeswoman Kristen Setera said she could not comment on Friday’s activity, but added there was no threat to public safety.

“At the request of the Rowley Police Department, the FBI Evidence Response Team is assisting them with an ongoing investigation,” she wrote in an email.

According to its business profile, Hydrant Regency has been in business for 31 years and serves customers in Rowley, Newburyport, Ipswich, Danvers, Georgetown and Newbury.

None of the dogs appeared to have any serious health issues. Dumas described them as “reasonably wholesome and safe”.

Some of the dogs belonged to the owners of the kennel, others were there for the day and others were boarded for the night, Dumas added.

Dumas said the dangerous conditions were discovered by the city’s animal control officer while responding to an earlier incident involving missing goats.

On August 27, Rowley Police responded to a report of four goats walking along Highway 1 and worked with the Animal Control Department to round up any animals that weren’t missing.

Rowley Police and Animal Control Officer identified Hydrant Regency as the home of the goats. Upon returning the goats, the ACO noticed concerning issues at the kennel, which led to a follow-up investigation by Rowley Police and Animal Control in conjunction with the MSPCA and the Animal Rescue League of Boston, police say. local.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation Evidence Response Team has now joined this investigation, which is still ongoing, and there will be a significant police presence at the property on Friday. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution in the area,” Dumas said in a news release Friday.

The kennel has been closed since August 29. The animals housed on the property have been returned to their owners, while the goats are in the custody of the MSPCA.

Dave Rogers is the editor of the Daily News in Newburyport. Email him at: Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.

Dave Rogers is the editor of the Daily News in Newburyport. Email him at: Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.

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