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Forum staff report, Published August 03 2013

174 dogs seized in Cass County ready for adoption

FARGO — The 174 dogs seized from a rural Cass County man last month are now available for adoption, according to rescue workers who have been caring for the dogs.

Authorities took the dogs from breeder Darcy Smith, of Wheatland, on July 10 after reports they were being kept in poor condition. Smith has decided not to seek to regain custody of the dogs, which are currently living in foster homes in the region.

A judge gave custody of the dogs to the Cass County sheriff, who turned them over to a group called 4 Luv of Dog for adoption.

Amy Kracht, president of the group, said people who want to adopt dogs can now fill out applications online, but the process may take a week to 10 days to complete. She said each adoption requires an in-home visit by a rescue volunteer to make sure potential owners have appropriate facilities.

Some people are complaining that the adoption process is too involved, but it was developed to make sure people really want dogs and do not return them, Kracht said.

“We do visits to make sure your house — and all the people in it — want the dog,” Kracht said.

Kracht said the seizure of the dogs has drawn attention to the rescue group and its work to find homes for the region's homeless dogs. She said the group needs donations and other help to care for the dogs and give them medical treatment.