CHARGES FILED: Dozens of animal neglect charges have been filed against a northwest Iowa woman after authorities seized 88 animals from deplorable conditions

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A northwest Iowa woman is facing dozens of charges of animal neglect after authorities seized 87 dogs and a cat from her farm in January.

Forty-four-year-old Mary Broderson of Kiron is charged with 88 counts of animal neglect — simple misdemeanors and five counts of animal neglect — serious misdemeanors.

When authorities seized the animals from Broderson’s property on January 25th, they found dogs whose fur was encrusted in feces and cages stacked on top of cages. Many of the dogs were suffering from medical issues like eye and ear infections.

Animal rescue groups across the state took in the neglected animals and last week Broderson agreed to give them up. The Animal Rescue League in Des Moines is caring for 18 of the dogs seized and is preparing them for adoption. The ARL has received tremendous interest in the dogs and says if you’re interested in adopting one of them, you need to keep a close watch on its website. There will not be waiting lists for the dogs.

Broderson has been ordered to appear before a judge on the charges later this month.