- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - Fire officials say more than 50 dogs living in a single-story Dallas home have been killed in an early-morning fire.

Authorities believe more than 70 canines were in the home when the fire began shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Many of the rescued dogs were given oxygen by first-responders and animal control officers spent the morning rounding up others that escaped the home. Authorities say at least 53 have died.

A married couple living at the home was treated for injuries not considered life-threatening.

Dallas Animal Services manager Jody Jones says city ordinance dictates that no more than six dogs are allowed on a half-acre property. Up to eight are allowed for a larger lot.

Authorities say the fire was caused by an electrical short in a window-mounted air-conditioning unit.

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