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Dog Breeder: Judge Rules Searches Illegal

February 1, 2010, 5:58 PM by Don Jorgensen

Dog Breeder: Judge Rules Searches Illegal
There are major developments in the case involving a Turner County dog breeder.

A judge has ruled two searches of Dan Christensen's property should never have been done and that former Second Chance Rescue executive director Rosey Quinn purposely misled the court in order to conduct a raid on Christensen's dog breeding operation back in September.

Christensen has always maintained Second Chance Rescue Center and the Humane Society of the United States took his dogs without cause.

According to court papers obtained by KELOLAND News, Judge Tami Bern ruled Second Chance Rescue Director Rosey Quinn intentionally mislead the court by withholding information from an August 27 inspection that showed the dogs appeared okay.

The judge says Quinn testified that she was specifically directed not to disclose that information to the court in order to obtain a search warrant for Christensen's property.

Christensen hopes the ruling means he'll soon get his dogs back. 

"Our biggest concern, naturally, is the welfare of the dogs and try to find out where are dogs are.  We don't have any idea where any of them are at," Christensen said.

Christensen, who faces 173 counts of inhumane treatment of animals, calls this a major victory but thinks the damage may already be done. 

"It hurt the grandkids and my kids.  I don't know if it's repairable.  You get over things, but it's going to take awhile," Christensen said.

Christensen tells KELOLAND News the next step is to work with Second Chance Rescue to get his hunting dogs back 

"We haven't seen our dogs in six months and we'd like to know where they are at and the condition they are in and see if we can salvage something," Christensen said.

Quinn tells KELOLAND News she's not sure how Second Chance Rescue is going to move forward at this point.

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