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Officials investigating fire that killed 10 dogs

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Animal cruelty investigators have launched a probe into a fire that left ten dogs dead in Cumberland County.

Animal cruelty investigators from the Cumberland County SPCA showed up Monday at the home where a raging fire killed ten dogs Friday morning.  An electric space heater is being eyed as a possible cause of the fire.

The SPCA says seven Pit bull puppies and three adult dogs were being kept in a small building behind the house on East Pear Street and is investigating whether there was any neglect.

"Apparently they were not contained in a safe manner. You've got illegal breeding, an illegal kennel I'm sure, and now they're all dead because they shouldn't have been there in the first place," said Bev Greco, of the Cumberland County SPCA.

Investigators say they need to talk with the dogs' owner who has been convicted previously of animal cruelty, but so far, they have yet to find him.

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