Dovel's husband received a call about the fire while he was at work and immediately went to his home.
"I called (Jodi) and raced home but by the time I got there the house was engulfed in flames. There's nothing we could do," Phil Dovel told WCCO. "When you see everything you've worked for go up in flames, it grabs your heart."
“It’s not something you’d ever expect. It’s not something you’d wish on your worst enemy,” Jodi Dovel told the television station.
Twelve of the dogs belonged to the Dovels and ranged in age from 8 months to 11 years, KSTP reported. A friend's dog was also in the home, WCCO reported.
Two GoFundMe accounts have been started for the Dovels, one by a friend and another by a work colleague.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, officials said.