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SD couple argues Humane Society illegally seized 10 dogs

December 21, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City couple is arguing in court that the Humane Society of the Black Hills illegally seized 10 of their dogs after they reported one had bitten another.

The Rapid City Journal reports that Robert Pasqualucci, a lawyer for Dana and Shelly Sorenson, said in court Thursday that the seizure was an abuse of authority.

But Humane Society attorney Ryan Sutton says Shelly Sorenson consented to a search and the seizure of the dogs. Judge Heidi Linngren says she needs to hear testimony before deciding if the animals were taken illegally and who ought to pay thousands of dollars incurred from caring for the dogs.

After bringing the bitten dog, Emy, to the vet, a Humane Society official seized 11 dogs to investigate if any were dangerous. A hearing is set for Jan. 9.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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