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68 dogs found after fire reported at NYC home

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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