13 dogs die in house fire north of the Twin Cities

Many of the dogs were purebred show dogs.
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A horrific fire claimed the lives of 13 dogs died in east-central Minnesota. 

A passerby reported the fire on Helium Street Northwest in St. Francis around 11:40 a.m. Thursday, with Isanti Fire District deeming the home a total loss. Thirteen dogs perished in the blaze, many of them purebred Australian shepherd show dogs. 

The dogs were ages 8 months to 11 years old, the homeowner, Jodi Dovel, told FOX 9. Dovel runs Crystal Wind Aussies, a small kennel of Australian shepherds. 

The dogs ranged in age from 8 months to 11 years old. 

Family and friends have launched two GoFundMe campaigns to help the Dovel. 

"As many of you know, Jodi was a premiere breeder of Australian shepherds so not only did she lose her life-long friends, she lost her entire breeding program," one GoFundMe says

The other GoFundMe adds: "Jodi loved those dogs as if they were her children. There is not enough money in the world that can replace the animals she lost, but any amount will help her rebuild her life with her husband."

Combined, the online fundraisers have generated just over $15,000 as of Saturday morning. 

Authorities say the fire may have started on the main level of the home before spreading to the attic. The fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal. 

This the second fire in Isanti County this year that has killed more than a dozen dogs. In March, a fire at a boarding kennel near Stacy proved fatal for 18 dogs

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