Scottsdale Fire Department officials say 16 dogs were killed in a house fire overnight.
Emergency crews from Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix responded to the fire near the Loop 101 and Thomas around 10 p.m. Thursday. They found heavy smoke and flames from the back of the home with reports of dogs still inside.
Crews were able to extinguish the fire and were able to rescue eight dogs from inside. One dog was treated on scene and taken to a veterinarian for evaluation. An additional 16 dogs perished in the fire.
Homeowners say they are an unofficial rescue shelter for dogs.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.