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Dozens of Dogs Rescued From Staten Island House Fire Put Up for Adoption

By Nicholas Rizzi | September 6, 2013 2:47pm
 Meet some of the furry faces that will be up for adoption at Sunday's Adoptapalooza event in Union Square.
Rescued Pets Up for Adoption
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CLIFTON —  Dozens of dogs that were rescued after a fire ravaged their owner’s Staten Island home last month have been put up for adoption by Animal Care & Control.

The 68 dogs that lived in the Bowen Street home — which drew complaints from neighbors who said the owner had been hoarding the pooches — were shih tzus, poodles, Malteses, Pomeranians and Pekingeses, Animal Care & Control said.

Most of the dogs were in good health, but some required basic medical attention, ACC said.

Six of the dogs had already been adopted as of Friday, four will be at the Adoptapalooza event on Sunday in Union Square, one is in an ACC foster home and the rest will be placed with ACC's partner shelters, the agency said.

A fire started in the Bowen Street home about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 23, and firefighters who responded found the animals living in hoarding conditions, NY1 reported.

The FDNY said the blaze was put out 20 minutes later and no injuries were reported.

Neighbors said they had complained for years about the dogs, which they said the owner was selling out of his front yard to passersby.

Joe Evans, 69, who lives next to the home, said the dogs were let out in the small front yard three times a day, and the whole neighborhood could hear their barking.

“All you heard was 'yip, yip, yip, yip,' all day,” he said.

For more information on adopting one of the rescued dogs, email ACC at adoption@nycacc.org.