CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Four dogs were killed and more than 50 rescued from a house fire in Clarksville Saturday night.

Clarksville Now reported the fire occurred on East Bel Air Boulevard around 7:45 p.m.

No one was reportedly in the home at the time of the fire.

Montgomery County Animal Care and Control Director Jeanette Farrell told Clarksville Now five dogs are in critical care due to smoke inhalation. The remaining dogs are in protective custody at the shelter.

“Fire and Rescue was phenomenal,” Farrell told Clarksville Now. “They got 17 dogs out immediately, so we were able to get them to the shelter right away.”

Ten animal control officers helped round up the remaining dogs once the scene was cleared.

“This is a hoarding situation. They were breeding elderly dogs and this is a prime example of why we need regulations that require licensing of breeders,” said Farrell.

Clarksville Now reported the home owners were in Kentucky. It is not known how long the dogs were left unattended and the cause of the fire is under investigation.