Police investigating house fire that killed 41 dogs, 52 survived

A North Las Vegas animal control officer walks through the front yard at a home where over two dozen dogs were killed in an overnight fire in North Las Vegas on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Firefighters say at least 41 dogs were killed and 52 survived after the fire. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Chase Stevens)
A North Las Vegas animal control officer walks through the front yard at a home where over two dozen dogs were killed in an overnight fire in North Las Vegas on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Firefighters say at least 41 dogs were killed and 52 survived after the fire. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Chase Stevens)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in North Las Vegas have launched an animal cruelty investigation surrounding a home where firefighters say at least 41 dogs were killed and 52 survived a weekend fire.

North Las Vegas City Councilman Isaac Barron owns the house that was destroyed in the Sunday evening fire.

But city spokesman Mitch Fox says it was being rented by tenants who Barron says he was trying to evict.

Police Sgt. Chrissie Coon says there’s no evidence that Barron is criminally liable.

Fox says the councilman knew his tenants had dogs in the small home on Stanley Avenue, but he didn’t know how many.

A man who firefighters found in the burning house was hospitalized in stable condition.

Fire investigators think the blaze may have been sparked by an electrical malfunction.