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Published July 17, 2013, 06:05 PM

Community rallying around rescued puppies

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - New video of the nearly 200 dogs seized from Wheatland shows just how far they have come in only a week.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - New video of the nearly 200 dogs seized from Wheatland shows just how far they have come in only a week.

Today we got the first look at dogs, now freshly groomed and getting back on their four feet in Casselton.

When you compare video of the seizure to what I saw this morning, the conditions are night and day. What used to be scared, matted, and mistreated dogs are beginning to build back their spirits.

Known as “fluffies” to the volunteers, these energetic balls of fur are making a quick comeback.

Dr. Trevor Bjerke, Casselton Clinic Veterinarian: "This has been something that they don't teach you in vet school."

Thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours continue to rack up to get these animals back on their feet, some recovering a lot quicker than others but all making strides thanks to the Casselton vets and volunteers who stepped in to help.

Bjerke: "So when they called us, this isn't about public, this isn't about nothing, this is about dogs."

In just a week these dogs have come so far from their cramped trailer in Wheatland piled high with cages inside. Some filled with four or five puppies and no air conditioning.

Leah Viste, Cass Co. Asst. State’s Attorney: “You can guess for yourselves what that would be like."

Bjerke: “From the environment we took these dogs to the environment we've put these dogs in, they're awesome dogs.”

These little guys are about nine weeks and another litter of six was just born last night at the vet.

Bjerke: “Everybody is in stable condition.”

Bringing the total count to 174.

Many of those still receiving treatment to take care of everything from matting and ear infections to heart murmurs and hip dysplasia, all now happy to be in the hands of people so willing to help.

Bjerke: “To see a community come together, a vet clinic come together, it's pretty phenomenal.”

Still no word on how much treatment totals may cost but so far donations are reaching roughly $15,000 to $19,000.

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