UPDATE: Couple Charged with Animal Neglect; Prairie Paws Asking for Monetary Donations

Heidi Harris
Staff Writer

The couple who had more than 60 dogs on their Barnes County property has been charged with animal neglect, said Carl Martineck, Barnes County State's Attorney.

The Barnes County Sheriff's Office, with help from Jamestown-based animal rescue group Prairie Paws Rescue, seized 64 dogs from the property of Karl and Ginger Helland on June 15.

Kaye John, president and co-founder of Prairie Paws Rescue, said Prairie Paws is responsible for caring for the dogs, which are being housed in Valley City, but will not be fostering or adopting them currently, as they are still property of the Barnes County Sheriff's Office. She said the organization can only re-home the dogs if the owners sign them over or if a judge decides it's OK.

John said she expects to care for the dogs for several weeks or months

Prairie Paws has sufficient donations of food and toys, and is now asking for monetary donations and gas gift cards for volunteers. Money donated would be used to pay for veterinarian bills, fencing equipment and fans. The organization also has enough volunteers for now, but John said it will probably need more in a couple weeks.

To donate, contact Prairie Paws Rescue at (701) 320-4553 or email prairiepawsrescue@hotmail.com.

Read the full story in Thursday's Times-Record.