German shepherd, her pups & almost 30 rabbits killed in Lehi shed fire

Posted at 7:27 AM, Mar 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-20 19:49:05-04

LEHI, Utah - Authorities are investigating what sparked a shed fire in Lehi at the Evans Family Farm that killed a German shepherd, her seven puppies and about 30 rabbits.

Officials said a passerby saw the fire near 9600 W. and 8750 S. and called 911 at about 5 a.m. Friday.

The family, in its seventh generation in Lehi, lost Paisley and her seven puppies along with 28 show bunnies.

Courtesy: Evans Family Farm

Courtesy: Evans Family Farm

The family's daughter, Jessie Brimhall, was taking care of the animals and said the pups were just two weeks away from going to new homes across the state.

Michael Brimhall owns the animals and said Jessie would often take Paisley to a local nursing home where she worked to visit with the residents.

But Michael said it is the children who live on the property who grew especially close with the animals.

He said they are devastated.

"It's real sad; we had the mom for three years and then all of my nieces and nephews saw the rabbits and everything," Michael said. "That's sad. One of them had a puppy and she was real upset about that."

Fire investigators said they believe a heat lamp used to keep the animals was is likely to blame for the blaze.

Officials said this may be close to a $10,000 loss for the family

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family.