County to assume responsibility for rescued livestock

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BRENDA CONYERS
In his report to the county commission last week, Marion County Sheriff Lee Becker said the county will be financially responsible for the livestock taken from the Lindgren family on March 12.


He estimated the cost for boarding and medical care to be about $200 per day.


Commissioners told Becker they had received calls that dogs and

horses were seen back on the property where the animals were taken. Becker said he had heard the reports, too.


Commission chairman Leroy Wetta asked how long Becker thought the animals would be boarded and Becker said up to, but probably not longer than, 60 days.


Susan Robson, county attorney, said the state assumed responsibility for the dogs taken and the licensing issues, while the county will address the livestock and criminal aspect of the case.


In other developments, Teresa Tabor, a representative of an Aussie rescue organization, said the group is ready to help.


“We have vans ready in Minnesota and Texas, loaded with crates, gassed up and ready to come as soon as we get the word,” she said.


Tabor said she was not surprised by the Marion County situation.


“This kind of thing happens more than you may realize,” she said.


Too often kennels will breed dogs that have won a number of confirmation awards for “that special award-winning look,” Tabor said, and the best of the litter are picked out, shown and later sold for a lot of money.


Puppies that do not have “the look” do not always receive the care or training of the potential champions, and are sold for less money.


“A very high percentage of our rescues come from show families,” Tabor said. “And we rescue about 150 to 200 dogs a month.”


Once the dogs are rescued, Tabor said, they are put into foster-type homes and resocialized and trained to live with families.


“Aggressive dogs have to be put down,” she said, referring to euthanizing the animals. “We hate to see it, but we can’t have them be a risk to an adoptive family either.”


Linda Cooper, Wichita Humane Society Shelter manager, said the dogs are still under the direction of the Kansas Animal Health Department and cannot be released until permission is granted by the state.


“Some of the dogs will be sent to other shelters, and some will be sent to rescue groups,” Cooper said. “We are looking at lots of options.”


She said some of the dogs taken from the Lindgrens do need socialization and behavior modification.

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