Authorities say some four-dozen animals were seized from deplorable living conditions this week in a southwest Iowa home. The animals are now in the care of the Nebraska Humane Society after the raid near Glenwood, Iowa.
Pam Weise, the Humane Society’s spokesperson, says most of the animals were dogs and cats but there was one exotic pet. Weise says, "There were four domesticated house cats, one big cat that is part lynx and the rest was dogs and puppies."
Mills County (Iowa) authorities are investigating the case and charges against the unidentified homeowner are pending. Weise says the animals were living in disgusting quarters. Weise says: "There was a lot of trash. There was a lack, in some instances, of food, water and shelter for the animals. Overall, filthy conditions for them." She says several of the animals are receiving medical care at the Humane Society office in Omaha.
She says: "Some of them have infected paws from standing in urine. The ammonia in the urine burns the pads of the feet. Other animals have parasites, ticks and issues with skin." The homeowner says she runs a refuge for animals and she wants them back. The animals will remain in the care of the Nebraska Humane Society until the issue is settled in court.