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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.


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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