The leader of a Connecticut animal rescue group who was convicted of animal cruelty is seeking the return of 63 dogs seized from his property in Bethlehem in 2012. The Republican-American reported that lawyers for Frederick Acker will argue before the state Appellate Court on Tuesday for custody of the dogs, who now are under the care of animal control officials. A state judge in a civil case last year found Acker neglectful for keeping 20 to 30 smaller dogs in dangerously cold conditions and awarded custody of many of his dogs to the town. He also was sentenced two weeks ago to two weeks of probation in a criminal animal cruelty case involving 15 of the dogs.
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