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Rowley Kennel Closed, Police Investigate Owners | Local News

ROWLEY — About 30 dogs were removed from a Route 1 kennel on Tuesday and returned to their owners after local police and animal welfare agencies closed the business, according to local police.

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

“Their health and well-being is paramount,” Dumas said, referring to the dogs during a Thursday morning interview.

Messages left at two different Hydrant Regency phone numbers were not immediately returned.

A post on Hydrant Regency’s Facebook page says the business has been closed until further notice “due to kennel upgrades”.

“We have an electrical issue that requires immediate attention. Once this has been resolved, we will be open for business again,” the post read.

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.

Dumas confirmed that unsafe electrical conditions were among the reasons the business was shut down. He also said police responded to a call there a few days earlier which led to the discovery of what he called “untenable conditions”.

None of the dogs appeared to be in serious medical condition. 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.

Representatives from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Rescue League of Boston assisted local police in removing the dogs.

Dumas said owners of dogs who may have used the kennel recently are encouraged to contact Rowley Police Detective Sgt. Matthew Ziev at

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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