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Defendant was charged with ninety-one counts of felony cruelty to animals after law enforcement officers applied for and obtained a warrant to search Defendant’s home and kennels, where Defendant bred Malamutes. The dogs were found to be ill and malnourished. One hundred and thirty-nine adult dogs and twenty-three puppies were seized. The district court denied Defendant’s motion to suppress, concluding, among other things, that probable cause was well established. Defendant was subsequently convicted as charged, and the district court ordered the forfeiture of every seized dog. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the district court (1) did not err in denying Defendant’s motion to suppress; (2) did not abuse its discretion in limiting evidence to the time period of the charged offenses; and (3) did not abuse its discretion in requiring Defendant to forfeit all of his dogs.