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74 dogs rescued after fatal shooting in Sixteen

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The Lewis and Clark Humane Society in Helena is caring for 74 dogs that were seized from a home in the town of Sixteen that was the site of a fatal shooting.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The Lewis and Clark Humane Society in Helena is caring for 74 dogs that were seized from a home in the town of Sixteen that was the site of a fatal shooting.

Ten of the dogs, all of which are Pomeranian/Sheltie cross, will remain at the shelter and the rest will be taken to several other shelters in the area. The dogs arrived at the Helena facility infested with fleas, and some of them were underweight and had heart murmurs.

Deputies responding to a 911 call Saturday morning found 63-year-old William McDonald dead of a single gunshot wound in the small town in Meagher County. The owner of the house, 61-year-old Michael Eckberg, suffered multiple stab wounds but is expected to survive.

Authorities have not released a motive for the shooting or stabbing.

The dogs belonged to McDonald and were allowed to run free.

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