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Judge to decide fate of seized dogs

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

The fate of Yorkies, Scottish terriers and other dogs housed in a Malheur County shelter may be decided in an Idaho courtroom next week.

Ani-Care Animal Shelter has been tending to 43 dogs rescued Aug. 4 by police from a home in Weiser, Idaho.

Officials in Washington County in Idaho are asking a magistrate to forfeit the dogs to the sheriff. Such a forfeiture could set the stage for adoptions of the dogs in a rescue case that has drawn national attention. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 22, in Washington County District Court in Weiser.

That’s also the date that the dogs’ owner, Kimberly L. Anderson of Weiser, will appear to face 37 counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.

Meantime, volunteers have been helping make life better for the rescued dogs. Most are housed in a temporary kennel . . .