Judge Decides Fate of 19 Rescued Shih Tzus
CREATED May. 16, 2013
Council Bluffs, IOWA -- On Thursday, Action 3 News learned the fate of nearly two dozen shih tzus rescued from a Pottawattamie County home in March.
The 19 dogs are staying at the county animal shelter, but not for long.
A judge has ruled they will be distributed between three parties.
14 of the 19 dogs will stay at the county animal shelter where they will be spayed and neutered and adopted out.
One of the dogs will be returned to its out of state owner.
The final four will go back to breeder Troy Dargin, who is facing 37 charges.
"The breeder will find buyers for the animals," said county supervisor Loren Knauss. "We will hold the animals until those customers come and pick them up."
The money Dargin makes from the sale of the four dogs will go to Pottowattamie County for reimbursement of the dogs' care.
Knauss said Dargin owes them for each dog's stay at the shelter and all medical expenses.
"At this point we don't have it all totaled, but it's over $10,000," said Knauss.
Both the county and Dargin have 30 days to appeal the judge's order.
Knauss said they have just started the process of figuring out whether or not it's in the county's interest to appeal.
"As with any disposition order, both parties have the ability to appeal the decision," he said. "In this situation, there is an appeal bond, and we will be studying the options."
A decision that should be made in the next week.
In addition to Dargin's 37 charges, his mother and stepfather, Cathy and Dennis Eckmann are also facing 37 charges each.
The dogs were being kept at the Eckmann's home.
None of them have appeared in court.