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Carol Schmidt of rural Bemidji is greeted by her 50 dogs Tuesday. Monte Draper / Forum Communications Co.

Bemidji woman says father's death led to hoarding dozens of dogs

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BEMIDJI, Minn. - Carol Schmidt's father died two years ago this month and life hasn't been the same.

The 63-year-old rural Bemidji woman says she's lost 50 pounds and control of the last living connection between them: the father and daughter's stable of dogs, most of which are a cross of Chihuahua-Dachshund breeds.

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"My dad said he didn't like animals, but he had them spoiled," says Schmidt said Tuesday. "If it wasn't for my dogs, I probably wouldn't be here."

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