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Carol Schmidt lets her more than 50 dogs out of her mobile home into their outside kennel Jan. 24. MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER

Mental health petition sought for woman with dogs

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A petition to commit Carol Schmidt, who had more than 100 dogs removed from her property near Bemidji last week, said the 63-year-old woman should be committed for mental illness, in part because of animal neglect nine years ago.

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The petition filed Tuesday states Schmidt "exhibits the recognized and chronic behavior disorder of 'animal hoarding'... (which) places Schmidt's, the affected animals' and the public health at serious risk."

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