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Charges Dropped Against Dog Breeder

July 2, 2010, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Charges Dropped Against Dog Breeder
Charges against a Turner County dog breeder have been dropped. Today, the prosecutor in the case filed paperwork to dismiss the 173 count indictment against Dan Christensen.

It says the state is unable to proceed to trial because of two things: the court ruled that the raid on his farm last September was illegal and evidence taken was tossed out. The state filed an appeal, but that too was denied.

So now Christensen and his attorney are trying to decide whether to sue.

When Second Chance Rescue Center and the Humane Society of the United States raided Dan Christensen's farm last September, they illegally took all of his hunting dogs, but also took Christensen's livelihood. And according to his attorney, he doesn't plan to get back into the business.

"He is completely done. He has no stomach left for it.  I mean, this has decimated him," Christensen's attorney Brian Radke said.

Radke says it's been a long ten months fighting to get Christensen's dogs back. It took not only a financial toll on Christensen, but a physical one too.

"He had some type of a heart episode right after the beginning of the criminal case, collapsed, had to be taken to the hospital for a couple of days," Radke said.

Radke says now that the criminal case is over, the next step is getting the dogs back.

"We want some type of a flow chart or a spread sheet from the state explaining where each and every dog ended up," Radke said

They will also decide whether to file a civil suit and who it would target.

"Dan has directed me to look at all of our options and give him some sort of a report and between the two of us make some sort of a decision, I would think in the very near future," Radke said.
 
Christensen also had to sell some land and other property to help pay for legal fees in fighting this case.

KELOLAND News tried contacting Rosie Quinn of Second Chance Rescue and officials with the Humane Society of the United States, neither returned our calls.

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