May 02, 2019 04:31 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- The Manly woman who had 158 animals taken from her property in November amid accusations of neglect will not regain custody of the 13 animals she had hoped to have returned to her, a court ruled this week.
Barbara Kavars had sought to have nine dogs and four cats returned to her after they were taken during a raid by local law enforcement and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In December, she testified during a civil proceeding, saying the animals would be well cared for if they were returned.
The court found this week the 13 animals were neglected as defined by Iowa Code and are subject to the county's control. The Worth County Sheriff's Office will now be responsible for finding them a new home.
"It is doubtful that Kavars can improve her ability to take proper care of animals if any of the neglected animals are returned," the court said in the order of appeal. "The entire record before the Court supports the conclusion that any return of animals to Kavars would likely create unsafe conditions for the animals."
During the November raid, the ASPCA said it found the dogs -- all Samoyeds -- in "appalling" conditions, in "filthy dilapidated kennels in below freezing temperatures with minimal protection from the elements."
Many of the animals were turned over to humane societies across the Midwest, including the Humane Society of North Iowa.
Updated: May 02, 2019 04:31 PM
Created: May 02, 2019 03:30 PM
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