61 Dogs Rescued, 3 People Displaced After Riverside County House Fire

Dozens of dogs were impounded on Sunday after being rescued when a fire broke out at a single-family home in Woodcrest, Riverside County authorities said.

These were some of the 61 dogs rescued from a house fire in Woodcrest on July 19, 2014. (Credit: Riverside County Animal Services)

These were some of the 61 dogs rescued from a house fire in Woodcrest on July 19, 2014. (Credit: Riverside County Animal Services)

More than two dozen firefighters responded to the blaze in the 16400 block of Pick Place (map) at about 3:15 p.m. on Saturday and found smoke coming from the attic, according to the Riverside County Fire Department incident page.

Fire crews were able to extinguish the flames, and no injuries were reported.

The American Red Cross was assisting three adults who were displaced as a result of the incident, according to the fire department.

A total of 61 healthy dogs, all Shetland Sheepdogs or Sheltie mixes, were surrendered by the owners to the Riverside County Animal Services, spokesman John Welsh said.

None of them were injured.

Animal Services would work with its rescue partners in order to adopt out the pets, Welsh added.

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