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Cass County given legal custody of dogs

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Asst. States Attorney Tanya Johnson Martinez
Asst. States Attorney Tanya Johnson Martinez

FARGO (KFGO-AM) -- A rural Wheatland, North Dakota man has decided to give up the rights to 170 dogs that were seized from his property earlier this month.

Darcy Smith is a dog breeder. Most of the dogs were in poor condition and had been crammed into cages. They were treated at the Casselton Veterinary Clinic and have been placed in foster homes across the region.

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney says they'll soon be be available for adoption through "4 Luv of Dogs" and other organizations.

Asst. State's Attorney Tanya Johnson Martinez says veterinarian bills have reached about $30,000. Prosecutors were prepared to ask a judge to order that Smith be responsible for the costs of their care had the dogs been returned to him.

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