89 Animals Rescued in Iowa

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Disgusting: Pet lovers find our story this week on what happened to 88 dogs and 1 cat in Sac County, Iowa, gross and sad. Channel 13’s Andy Fales did a story on this last night. The animals look pitiful. Groomers are working today to try to clean them up. Authorities say they were kept in tiny, filthy cages and their fur was matted with their own waste. It’s one of those stories that makes you have to look away. But it also makes you wonder how this happened? Is this a puppy mill breeder who cared about making money instead of taking care of the animals? Is it someone who got in over his head taking care of animals? Is it something else? No matter the reason, and let’s hope we find the real reason behind this soon as the criminal investigation continues, we should be glad someone went to the authorities after discovering the dogs’ conditions. Who knows what would have happened to the animals? The Animal Rescue League needs help in the animals’ recovery. The organization told us it needs high quality, high protein food, especially since some of the dogs are pregnant.

Here’s the latest release from Sac County. It’s brief but it’s all we have so far:

ON 1/25/12 AROUND 11 A.M. SAC COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT A RURAL SOUTHERN SAC COUNTY FARM SITE. AT THE LOCATION A BUILDING WAS FOUND TO CONTAIN CAGES OF ANIMAL BEING KEPT IN WHAT IS BELIEVED TO BE UNSANITARY CONDITIONS. THE ANIMALS WERE SEIZED AND WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE ARL OF IOWA REMOVED FROM THE LOCATION. SEIVED WERE 88 DOGS AND 1 CAT. NO CHARGES ARE FILED AT THIS TIME. THE NAME OF THE OWNER AND THE LOCATION HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

CHIEF DEPUTY SCOTT BROUWER
SAC COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

This is Andy’s story on what we hope will be a better, healthier future for the dogs:

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