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68 dogs found after fire reported at NYC home

Saturday - 8/24/2013, 6:52pm  ET

Firefighters respond to a blaze in a two story home in the Staten Island borough of New York Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, where 68 dogs were found on the property. Officials say the owner of the single-family home was a hoarder who collected small-breed dogs as well as trash. The dozens of dogs at the residence were moved to a shelter where a medical team is evaluating them and caring for them. (AP Photo/The Staten Island Advance, Bill Lyons) MANDATORY CREDIT: THE STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE, BILL LYONS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sixty-eight dogs have been rescued from a blaze in a New York City home.

Fire officials say the fire in the two-story house in Staten Island was reported on Friday evening. It was extinguished in about a half hour.

No injuries were reported.

Officials say the owner of the single-family home was a hoarder who collected small-breed dogs as well as trash. Some of the animals were kept in a yard next to the house.

Richard Gentles of Animal Care & Control of NYC says the dogs were removed to a shelter. He says a medical team is evaluating them and caring for them.

Fire marshals are investigating the cause of the blaze.


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