Nineteen dogs were seized in Pottawattamie County as part of what authorities are calling a massive illegal puppy mill. “The air was thick and musty. Smelled like ammonia in there.” says Pottawattamie County Animal Control Director Corbin Ranslem, “Feces lining the kennels. Urine in the kennels. There was mold growing on the feces. It hasn’t been changed in a long time or cleaned up in there.”
The dogs were kept in filthy cages in an unventilated garage. Authorities say 35-year old Troy Dargin was hiding his operation at the garage of his parents home in Neola, about 20-miles from Council Bluffs.
Dargin was already wanted on charges of running an illegal puppy mill over state lines. “He was moving his dogs around because there was an agency in Kansas City trying to find him because of the complaints they received and they couldn’t find him down there so we received a tip that he had moved them up to Iowa.” Ranslem says.
Authorities haven’t charged Dargin yet. They are waiting for a vet to finish examining the dogs first. But they expect to charge him with several counts of animal neglect in the next few days.