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NEW VIDEO: Sheriff Releases Video of Wheatland Dog Rescue

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MONDAY - The Cass County Sheriff's Office has released the footage it used while seeking a warrant for seizure against a rural Cass County dog-breeding operation.

The footage, which showed more than one hundred dogs being kept in cramped and unsanitary conditions on a rural Wheatland, N.D., farm, cleared the way for the department's seizure of all 170 dogs on July 10.

It's been almost a week since those dogs were seized. Now, they're on the road back to health.
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Investigators say the breeder has until Friday to demand a trial to keep the dogs. The video they released Monday was taken as evidence for the warrant for seizure.
 
So, if Darcy Smith takes his case to trial, the court will then decide who should have ownership of the dogs.
 
If the county gains ownership, then sheriff's say they'll begin looking at adopting those dogs out.
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"The majority of the dogs have been shaved now, they're moving around and they appear to be much healthier than the day that they were seized," Captain Mitch Buriss, of the Cass County Sheriff's Office, said. "They have room to roam now and they're just happier and they look to be in better health."
 
The dogs are now clean and their wounds are healing. Investigators say the dogs passed their wellness checks and had their vaccinations.
 
They say every single dog should make it. Meanwhile, prosecutors still have not decided on charges against Smith.
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