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Penny Parden, the former animal control officer for Halstad, tries to place a stray dog back in its kennel in the unheated building the city provides for strays. "There's no heat, you know. There's no setup, and that's really against Minnesota statute. That's animal cruelty all the way," she said. Jay Pickthorn / The Forum

Small communities struggle with stray dogs

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Halstad, Minn. - Penny Parden locked her arms around the chocolate Labrador retriever and summoned all of her strength to push the rowdy dog into its cold, dark, wooden kennel.

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The dog resisted, biting her arm and, when she finally forced its body inside the box, wedged its head in the door to keep her from closing it.

Parden doesn't blame the stray dog for fighting her attempts, given the conditions in the city-owned kennel.

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