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Forum staff reports, Published July 12 2013

Fund for 170 dogs seized from Wheatland breeder hits $2,000

CASSELTON, N.D. – A fund created to help offset the medical and adoption costs of 170 dogs in poor condition authorities seized from a Wheatland, N.D., breeder had reached $2,000 by Friday afternoon.

The dogs were taken to the Casselton Veterinary Service after Cass County Sheriff Deputies removed them from Darcy Smith’s farmstead on Wednesday. Prosecutors are considering criminal charges linked to the condition of the dogs, some of which had fur so matted they were immobile.

Shyla Strandlien of Casselton Veterinary Center said Friday that earlier in the day, the fund hit $2,000.

The cost of care alone can run anywhere from $300 to $500 per dog, Cass County Capt. Mitch Burris said.

The clinic was still in the process of examining and vaccinating the dogs on Friday. An estimation of the total cost the clinic will incur for the dogs was not yet available.

The dogs – Shih Tzus, Maltese and Yorkies, as well as a mix of those breeds – range in age from 5 days to 13 years old.

The dogs will be at the clinic for at least two weeks. However, the clinic will post updates and information about adoption on its Facebook page and its website, www.cassvetservice.com.

Donations can be made to “Operation Cass County Rover Rescue” at any Bremer Bank location.