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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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