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Volunteer Christa Steinke tries to pet and cheer up a large dog being held at the emergency pet shelter set up at the North Dakota State University North Central Research Extension Center in Minot on Thursday. Over 375 animals are being sheltered including dogs, cats, birds, some reptiles and other small animals, in a building normally used to house agricultural products for NDSU.

Minot pets homesick as owners kennel animals to deal with evacuations

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MINOT -- Mimi hasn't eaten for days.

Like thousands of other flood evacuees here, the 11-year-old Doberman pincher-Manchester terrier mix is having trouble getting acclimated to her new surroundings. Her owner, Jody Wright, 42, said he had no choice but to kennel Mimi when he evacuated his house Wednesday afternoon.

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