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Published October 13, 2010, 04:47 PM

ND Dog Breeder Under Scrutiny Says She Was Evicted

A southwest North Dakota dog breeder under scrutiny by law enforcement and animal rescue officials says she was evicted from a Scranton farmstead.

By: Associated Press,

BOWMAN, N.D. (AP) — A southwest North Dakota dog breeder under scrutiny by law enforcement and animal rescue officials says she was evicted from a Scranton farmstead.

LuAnn Dschaak, owner of DRK Kennels, told The Bismarck Tribune that she is homeless after moving to North Dakota from Idaho a year ago.

"I can't find a place for myself, much less the dogs," she said.

Over the weekend, animal rescue organizations in Mandan and Jamestown removed 129 dogs from the Bowman County site and left 1,000 pounds of food for the dogs behind. Dschaak said she was relieved when the rescue workers took the dogs and she will turn over many if not all of the remaining animals soon.

"My life just got easy in one day," she said.

Dschaak remains under investigation by the Bowman County Sheriff's Department, which two weeks ago gave her 30 days to improve conditions.

Sue Buchholz, director of the Central Dakota Humane Society in Mandan, said she was contacted by authorities but that Dschaak also contacted her about taking some of the dogs.

Buchholz said the dogs were in filthy, crowded conditions in sheds, grain bins, and the farmstead house. All the dogs have parasites and some were at risk of starving, she said.

"We thought we would be taking 40 to 50 dogs, but once we were there, she was willing to surrender more than that," Buchholz said.

Buchholz said her organization has never rescued more dogs at one time and will spend thousands of dollars on veterinary care and food. She has temporarily closed the Mandan shelter to focus on the dogs and plans to contact other rescue organizations to help ease the strain on her facility.

Ninety-six of the dogs are housed in Mandan. The rest are at Prairie Paws Rescue in Jamestown.

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