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Linda Robbins cleared of animal cruelty but may still lose her beloved Lhasa Apso dogs

A Colorado pet owner accused of abusing or neglecting his animals will most likely lose those animals -- whether he's guilty or not.

That's what happened to Bill Lee, a mall Santa whose reindeer were seized and whose story we told in our feature "Santa is Grounded." And the same scenario looms before Linda Robbins, who has at least temporarily lost custody of her fifteen Lhasa Apso dogs even though she was acquitted of animal cruelty in Greeley last week.

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Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
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