19 Dogs Living in Filthy Conditions Rescued
By Meghan Matthews. CREATED Mar 14, 2013
Neola, IA - 19 of the cutest faces. These rescued Shih Tzu's have been neglected, endangered and living in filth.
The Director for Pottawattamie County Animal Control, Corbin Ranslem, says the conditions were disgusting, "There was no ventilation in there so it I'm sure was pretty hard on those dogs."
A tip took Pottawattamie County Animal Control officers to a home in Neola, IA. What they found was disturbing.
"There was feces and urine at the bottom of the kennels, the air was humid, musty. Smelled like ammonia in there. It was pretty bad", adds Ranslem.
The pups lived in tiny cages inside a garage. There are no windows, no ventilation. The homeowner told animal control they'd been in there on and off for the last two years.
Trapped in wired kennels with molded feces and badly matted hair; up to three dogs in one cage, the pups are lucky they escaped with little injury.
Action 3 News tried to get answers from the homeowner. No one answered the door.
Authorities say the dogs belong to a man who lives in Kansas.
A Pottawattamie County Supervisor says the man faces several charges here. They believe some agencies in Kansas are also looking for him. We are not releasing his name because he has not been charged.
A vet will check the dogs for serious injuries Friday. They could be ready for adoption in the next few weeks.