Deputy Will See If Christensen Improved Property
January 8, 2010, 5:58 PM
A Turner County deputy will inspect Dan Christensen's property next week to see if he can get the puppies back that were born after a massive dog raid at his Hurley property last September. A circuit judge appointed the deputy Friday at a motions hearing.
In November, the judge ruled that Christensen can have the puppies back that were born after the raid since Second Chance Rescue and the Humane Society of the United States didn't have the authority to seize the unborn dogs.
Now a deputy will inspect the property to see if Christensen has made any improvements. Turner County State's Attorney Tiffani Landeen-Hoeke asked the judge to appoint a Turner County Deputy to inspect Christensen's property to see if it is fit to handle dogs again. Landeen-Hoeke asked for law enforcement to look at the property because she says no veterinarians in the area are willing to get involved in this case.
But in court Friday, Christensen's attorney, Brian Radke, said the dogs have so many diseases that he might not even want the dogs back.
"We don't think we'll take the dogs back because of all the disease they have been subjected too," Radke told Circuit Judge Tami Bern.
At least one family that has fostered some of the dogs says they have the parvo virus and are dying. Radke even filed a motion Friday asking Turner County to cease and desist from using Second Chance Rescue as an animal control agency because more than 30 dogs have contracted the virus, and several other dogs have died or suffered serious injury.
Landeen-Hoeke disputed those claims in court.
"These dogs have a clean bill of health," Landeen-Hoeke told the judge Friday.
But Radke and Christensen haven't been providing the state with the bills, paperwork and American Kennel Club registrations for the 172 dogs. Judge Bern told them they had to turn that information over to the state's attorney back in December, but they still haven't handed over the documents.
Judge Bern says if they don't turn over the paperwork by Monday, she will start imposing sanctions on Radke and Christensen.
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