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One of three dogs taken from the home of Ariel Castro, 42, peers out of its cage at the city kennel in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Dogs in Cleveland captives case get foster homes

CLEVELAND – Three dogs seized from a Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive over a decade have found a foster home.

Chief Cleveland animal control officer John Baird said the pets were picked up Tuesday by a rescue group. The group wasn’t identified.

The dogs will be in foster care until the women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight – decide whether they want to take the pets into their homes.

Baird said the women will get whatever time they need to decide. He said the women might have bonded one-on-one with the dogs in captivity and, as such, the pets would be important as the women acclimate to freedom.

A defense attorney said the kidnapping and rape suspect, Ariel Castro, 42, will plead not guilty. He’s in custody.