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Dogs find new homes, animal cruelty charges filed against former owner

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BRIGHTON — It didn’t take long for a group of rescued Havanese dogs to find new homes after the Adams County Animal Shelter put them up for adoption last week.

    In the first day the dogs were available for adoption, all but two of the dogs available to the public were adopted.
    The rest of the Havanese dogs are still receiving medical care and will be made available for adoption after evaluation; shelter officials say they will be listed on PetHarbor.com.
    A news release from the county said that while the Havanese dogs — rescued from a home north of Watkins earlier this month — have gotten a lot of publicity, potential pet owners should still see the other dogs and cats at the shelther.
    Meanwhile, the Adams County District Attorney’s Office announced July 25 that Richard Pilicer, 63, has been charged with 13 counts of criminally negligent animal cruelty in connection with the confiscation of the Havanese dogs at his property in Watkins on July 9.
    Pilicer was served with the citations July 24 by Adams County Animal Control. He is due in Adams Count Court Aug. 14.

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