Woman in critical condition, multiple dogs dead in Phoenix house fire

PHOENIX – A woman was in critical condition and several dogs died following a house fire in Phoenix on Saturday, authorities said.

Crews responded to the fire near 39th Avenue and Bell Road around 12:50 p.m. and found the woman and more than 20 dogs in wire cages, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

The 80-year-old woman was taken to hospital. The seven dogs who initially survived the fire were taken to the Arizona Humane Society Trauma Hospital.

One of the dogs was euthanized in hospital due to smoke inhalation.

The six surviving pets, which are toy poodles, are being monitored for their smoke consumption.

The poodles, aged 11 weeks to 12 years, also showed symptoms of living in treasure-like conditions. The dogs had ticks, matted and urine-soaked fur, and were underweight, according to AHS.

“This is a very sad case and our hearts go out to the woman and dogs who lost their lives over the weekend,” AHS said in a statement.

“At this time, the dogs’ ongoing medical care remains our #1 priority.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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