- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has ruled that a man can keep a dog at the center of a dispute with a north Iowa animal shelter.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1LjOkAH ) that Magistrate Judge Patrick Byrne ruled Wednesday in favor of Justin Deppe, of Jewell.

Deppe adopted the dog in April from Patriots for Pets Rescue and Shelter in Clear Lake. The dog was reclaimed from his ex-wife last month by shelter coordinator Deb Kern, who accused Deppe of violating his adoption contract by failing to maintain ownership of the dog.

Kern was ordered to return the dog, but refused and was briefly jailed for contempt of court.

Kern had received a message that the dog was being abused, but the judge said Wednesday that Kern was apparently duped.



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This story has been corrected to show the dog was reclaimed last month, not earlier this month.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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