NEW YORK (CBS 2) — More than a dozen pit bull terriers were being cared for Tuesday after being discovered in a burning Bronx apartment.

The fire broke out on the sixth floor of a building on Grand Concourse.

When firefighters arrived, some of the animals were fighting, and had to be separated using fire retardants.

Neighbors wondered why as many as 15 dogs were being kept there.

“Who knows what they wanted to do, like sell the little dogs or the big dogs, nobody knows. We have to look for the owner, where’s the owner at? Nobody knows,” said Rosa Fernandez.

Police were trying to locate the owner of the animals. They were taken to the center for animal care and control in Manhattan.