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Groomer goes to bat for animal rescuer who lost home to fire

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  • Groomer goes to bat for animal rescuer who lost home to fire

    HUDSON, N.H. -- Plenty of people in the Hudson area got puppies from Melissa Donaldson over the years.

    Unfortunately, 15 dogs weren't so lucky. A fire last weekend destroyed Donaldson's home in Madison, killing the dogs.

    Now a Hudson dog-grooming salon is pitching in to help Donaldson rebuild.

    Kim Meikle, owner of Dunk N' Dogs, 57 Lowell Road, is accepting donations and perhaps even foster caregivers to help Donaldson continue caring for her rescued dogs as she rebuilds.

    Meikle said Donaldson would bring her rescued dogs to Hudson about once a month to hold adoption events. She added that plenty of local residents have taken home dogs rescued and cared for at the Madison home leveled by fire.

    She said she spoke to Donaldson this week.

    Donaldson had run out to get a bite to eat when fire struck her home late Friday night. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, and the dogs never had a chance.

    The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

    "Her hurt is over their loss and not being there to try and help them," Meikle said of her friend. "She's heartbroken for her babies."

    Meikle said anyone who wants to help by donating money, crates, leashes, bowls, or even an offer to take a dog or two into foster care should call her shop at (603) 881-3647.