Doggone shame: almost 90 dogs seized near Kiron, IA
For most of their lives they were kept in cages, forced to live in "deplorable conditions". Authorities say nearly 90 dogs are safe after an animal seizure at a farm in Sac County, Iowa.
Their fur is matted, they're hungry and many have fleas on their backs and in their ears. The list goes on.
"They're very thin, some have severe inner ear infections some have skin conditions," said Kelly Erie with the Siouxland Humane Society.
These dogs are survivors, found in an animal seizure Wednesday morning, near Kiron, Iowa. Authorities found 94 animals in all, 88 dogs, a cat and five dead puppies. The Siouxland Humane Society says they belong to Mary Brodersen, who may have been breeding the dogs without a license.
"A deputy obtained information that there was, possibly, a puppy breeding operation, there was substantial information to obtain a search warrant," said Sac County Chief Deputy Scott Brouwer.
Dogs were in a large wood shack, up to five of them stuffed in four foot by four foot wire cages, stacked on top of each other.
"They were stacked three high, all of the excrement from the animals above would run or dribble down through, on top of the dogs below," said Executive Director of the Siouxland Humane Society Jerry Dominicak.
Most of the 88 are cocker spaniels. They've been divided amongst six shelters in Iowa, Sioux City got 14.
Here they're being washed, fed, and groomed. Taken care of. They can't talk, but their faces seem to say a thousand words.
"It's very heart wrenching, to say the least, it just makes you wonder 'why?'," said Erie.
A "rough" life, better now.
The dogs can't be adopted yet. The Siouxland Humane Society doesn't have ownership of them. They say that's up to the courts. But, until then, they'll stay here in Sioux City.