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After 8 of her dogs died in a house fire, owner shares her experience

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Courtesy: Jodi Carlson

DULUTH, MN -- The community is pouring out support for a woman who lost eight dogs in a house fire on Friday morning.

Coralie Anderson was at work when she got a phone call from the fire department letting her know her house was on fire.

Anderson returned home to find firefighters at her house knocking down the fire.

She said the morning of the fire was a blur, but one of the first things she was worried about was her dogs and her family.

"I was just trying to wrap my head around how I was going to tell my daughter that all her things were gone and that her dog was gone," she said.

Two of Anderson's dogs had just given birth to a litter of six puppies, who were just three days old when the fire happened.

Both of the parent dogs and all of their puppies die in the fire.

Anderson said all 6 puppies had already found homes at the time of the fire.

The one dog that survived, a three-year-old pug named Ozzy, was found unresponsive inside the house, before being put on oxygen by firefighters.

Ozzy suffered smoke damage to his lungs from inhaling toxins in the fire.

According to Jodi Carlson, a vet tech at Duluth Veterinary Hospital, Ozzy has been on oxygen since he was rescued.

"Right now he's oxygen dependent. He's spent the whole weekend here in the care of Blue Pearl Emergency Vet Hospital and then getting transferred to day practices during the day for oxygen therapy," said Carlson.

Carlson says it's not certain whether Ozzy will fully recover, but he seems to be doing well for now.

She has been by Anderson's side through this difficult process, setting up a fundraiser to help pay for Ozzy's medical bills.

"I know if something like that happened to me, I would want someone to do the same thing," said Anderson emotionally.

The fundraiser is pinned to the top of the "Missing Pets in the Northland" Facebook Page.

As of Tuesday evening, the fundraiser had already raised nearly $4,000.

Anderson says she's focusing on moving forward day by day, hour by hour.

"My next steps are just trying to find a home for me and my daughter and whatever animals we have, and then just trying to push forward," she said.

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