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Dogs rescued in NLV house fire in shelter's care

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As many as 90 pets were housed at a residence that caught fire in North Las Vegas on Sept. 28, 2014. (FOX5) As many as 90 pets were housed at a residence that caught fire in North Las Vegas on Sept. 28, 2014. (FOX5)

A Las Vegas animal shelter said it is caring for the surviving dogs that were rescued from a North Las Vegas house fire, which also killed 45 other canines.

The Animal Foundation said on Tuesday the 48 dogs that were rescued from the blaze were on a legal hold pending an investigation, which meant they are not available for adoption.

"The Animal Foundation is committed to the health and well-being of all orphaned animals entering our care through no fault of their own," the shelter said in a statement.

The pets were rescued from a home that caught fire on Stanley Avenue near Owens Avenue and Civic Center Drive on Sunday night.

North Las Vegas Councilman Isaac Barron said he was in the process of evicting the tenants who lived at the rental home he owns before it caught fire. 

In a statement, Barron said he was not aware of the conditions inside the rental property and in fact had "filed a notice of eviction just last week after repeatedly being denied entry by the occupants."

"As an animal lover, I am heartbroken about this tragedy," Barron said in the statement. "I hope those responsible are held accountable by the authorities."

Barron also vowed to look into city regulations regarding similar pet housing.

Records with the Clark County Assessor's website shows Barron owns the property on Stanley Avenue that caught fire on Sunday night.

Capt. Cedric Williams of North Las Vegas Fire Department said the department received several calls that reported smoke coming from a home in the neighborhood.

Crews arrived to find several dogs roaming around the residence before entering the home.

Firefighters were able to put out isolated flames inside but found several pets that had perished in the smoke-filled home, according to NLVFD.

The fire department also located a man at the home who was rushed to University Medical Center. He was listed in stable condition.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Citing neighbors, the fire department said as many as 93 dogs may have lived at the home along with two men in their 50s.

All told, 45 dogs died as a result of the fire while 48 others were rescued or being treated for injuries, according to Williams.

Aaron Patty, spokesman for North Las Vegas police, said the animals are expected to remain with The Animal Foundation at least a couple of weeks. He said the dogs will then most likely be put up for adoption. 

The identities of the two men were not disclosed. 

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