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Group cares for seized Great Danes

Published On: Nov 29 2012 09:10:22 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 30 2012 12:42:18 PM CST

A Wisconsin organization is caring for more than half a dozen dogs recently seized from a Minnesota mill, except instead of the usual small breeds, rescuers need to find homes for dogs weighing more than 100 pounds apiece.

The Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin has five of the seven Great Danes animal control found confined to a filthy Minneapolis house for 10 months.

The estimated 1½-year-old dogs weren't cared for or socialized, but the rescue group's founder said they are resilient.

The seven Great Danes seized from the home are more than what is allowed under city ordinance. Kept in a dirty basement, the dogs' legs are also deformed.

The dogs' future is up to the Siren, Wis., rescue group the agency released them to.

If the dog named Titan is any indication, their outlook is good.

"He can go up and down stairs now and he likes to interact and play with other dogs, which I don't think he knew how to do before," said Colleen Wuesthoff, who first fostered and then adopted Titan a year ago from the same Great Dane Rescue Group.

"They don't require a lot of space to run around in, but he takes up the whole couch," Wuesthoff said.

Titan is 3½-years-old, weighs 145 pounds and eats nine cups of food a day. He's one of nearly 200 dogs the organization has rescued since opening four years ago, and its founder has faith the newly rescued Danes will find forever homes, too.

It would be at Wuesthoff's house, if only her couch were bigger.

"This is my first one ever, and I will definitely never be without one again. They're a wonderful breed," she said.

Of the recently surrendered Danes, two were adopted. But the owner has since given up three more, meaning the rescue group will have eight that need help.

For more information on how to adopt, donate or volunteer, go to the website for the Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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