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Case ID: 12383
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Oct 4, 2007

County: Sargent

Disposition: Alleged

Abuser names unreleased

A North Dakota family may face charges of animal cruelty after a number of neglected dogs were found on their property.

Animal welfare groups from Jamestown and Mandan are removing 18 neglected dogs from a rural home near Cogswell tonight. That's in southeastern North Dakota near Oakes.

A concerned citizen called the authorities to report a dog on the farm was so sick, it couldn't even stand up.

When police arrived, they found 18 malnourished dogs in a case the sheriff calls the worst he's ever seen.

Some food was brought to the dogs this week, but investigators say their stomachs are so small, they can't take in much food.

The only water available for the dogs was provided by a trickling hose.

Travis Paeper "You know their stomachs have shrunk so much that I assume they can only eat so much." "There's been a huge amount of support from the public that want to help out the situation. People from all over the area, I don't where and what's going on but as soon as they heard that there were pets involved they were willing to help."

The farm owner says the dogs belong to his sister.

The family is cooperating with investigators.

All the dogs are expected to be off the farm and receiving veterinary care by the end of the week.


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