Woman Surprised at Pit Bull Discovery

Woman Surprised at Pit Bull Discovery

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VIRGIN, Utah (AP) -- A LaVerkin woman who owns property in the Coal Pits Valley outside of Virgin was shocked this week when she found out that at least 40 dogs -- pit bulls and pit bull mixes -- had been put on her property.

Marilyn Hardy said a neighbor of the property called her Monday, asking about barking dogs on the property.

Hardy's son Darwin went up to check on the property and found the dogs, chained and with shelters, were in a 2.5-acre fenced field owned by his mother.

The Hardys called the Washington County Sheriff's Office, but then discovered that another of the woman's sons had given a friend permission to move some dogs to the property.

The friend was acting in behalf of his brother, Mark Hare, who had been served with a removal order April 3 requiring he remove all the dogs from his property in Toquerville.

Marilyn Hardy said her son was not aware that Hare had so many dogs.

She said she gave Hare until Saturday to remove the dogs.

Hare declined comment.

Toquerville Mayor Ken Powell said the dog situation with Hare had been an ongoing problem and the city had finally gotten a court order to have the dogs removed.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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