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Neglected hunting dogs finding adoptive homes

Homes have been found for all but five of 28 hunting dogs turned over to the Pennington County Humane Society by Polk County authorities.

Twenty-nine dogs were taken June 29 from a rural Erskine, Minn., business, Soaring Eagle Setters, operated by Mikki Jay Johnson and Rebecca Rae Thompson. The property is owned by Johnson's father, Roger. The dogs were reportedly underweight and kept within a poorly ventilated 25-by-50-foot space inside a metal structure. One dog was in such poor condition, it had to be euthanized.

Dawn Williamson, director of the Pennington County Humane Society, said the other dogs are reacting well to treatments for diarrhea.

"They're all doing very well," Williamson said. "There's one that was ripped up that's still quite thin but very active."

Polk County is allowing all but three of the dogs to be adopted out by good families.

Johnson and Thompson are scheduled to be arraigned in Polk County District Court at 9 a.m. Aug. 5. They're charged with 29 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

For information about adopting the dogs, call (218) 681-8045 or visit the Pennington County Humane Society at 15598 U.S. Highway 59 N.E. in Thief River Falls.