11 dogs killed in fire; one cat and one dog missing

This dog, Xena, is still missing after the fire.
This dog, Xena, is still missing after the fire.

NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - Eleven dogs have been killed in a house fire in Norwood.

It happened Monday just before 8 p.m. in the 2300 block of Madison Avenue. The owner of the home, Shannon DeBra, just returned to her house and saw smoke coming from the living room window, according to the Norwood Fire Department.

In a statement from the Fire Department, DeBra then opened the front door and started yelling for the 16 dogs and three cats that were in the home at the time, as she was calling 911. DeBra worked with Recycled Doggies Dog Rescue at the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry and was taking care of the animals.

Fire units were at her home within four minutes and found flames in the front entrance and on the second floor. Fire personnel launched "an aggressive offense attack and rescue of the pets."

Four dogs and two cats were found still alive in the house and were brought to safety. Eleven dogs perished in the fire.

DeBra has rescued between 400 and 500 dogs in two years. Eight of the dogs that died were foster dogs and three were hers. One of the dogs, Xena, is still missing, as well as one of the cats. The other cat was able to escape the fire.

The cause of the fire appears to be electrical and it started in the kitchen.

The owner of the home was not injured in the fire.

If you want to help, here's how:

Go to Recycled Doggies Facebook page to learn more about benefits and fundraisers.

The United Coalition of Animals has set up a fund at any 5/3 Bank Branch.  It's called the Shannon DeBra and Recycled Doggies fund.

This Saturday, March 5, there is a fundraiser at the Red Dog Pet Resort.  It was previously scheduled as a pet food drive for the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry.  DeBra will also have dogs there to adopt.

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