June 19, 2019 07:40 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Thanks to a complaint to the Howard County Sheriff's Office, several dogs are now on their way to finding new, loving homes. Though the complaint came in a few days ago, it was determined on Tuesday that the dogs needed to be rescued.
Sheriff Mike Miner with the Howard County Sheriff's Office says when the office received a complaint regarding animal neglect, "we had an officer start investigating it."
On Tuesday, accompanied by the Howard County Sheriff's Office, the Cresco Veterinary Clinic visited the animals on the property, which is located northeast of Lime Springs, Iowa, and determined the dogs needed to be rescued/removed.
On Wednesday, three kennels from the Decorah and La Crosse area helped with the removal of 20 dogs, some of which were puppies. Miner says the dogs were kept in a grain bin and were showing signs of malnourishment.
"The vet kind of put it this way - a five is a dog in good shape and he thought these were at a 3 or 4, so they weren't in that bad of shape yet they were still showing signs of malnutrition," he said.
Though 20 dogs were removed, eight will remain on the property until a kennel, or home, can be found for at least four of them. The remaining four, Miner said, can stay on the property on the condition that they are properly spayed and/or neutered and kept up to date on their shots.
He said the investigation is still open and will be taken over by the county attorney's office which is where charges, if any, will be determined.
Stay with ABC 6 News for the latest updates surrounding this investigation.
Created: June 19, 2019 07:40 PM
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