Breaking! 160 Samoyed Dogs Rescued From “Inhumane” Puppy Mill In Northern Iowa

Many beautiful Samoyed dogs were rescued from an ugly situation that unraveled earlier this week. More than 160 dogs were found in a breeding facility in inhumane conditions near the north-central border of Iowa and Minnesota.

According to the ASPCA, the dogs are currently receiving medical exams and undergoing behavior evaluations at an undisclosed temporary shelter.

“We received many inquiries from people expressing interest in adopting these animals and we ask for their patience as these animals are considered evidence in an active case,” Sheriff Dan Fank with the Worth County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The investigation was set into motion by the Sheriff’s Office several months ago when local animal welfare groups became aware of the breeder’s inability to properly care for her animals and alerted local authorities to investigate the matter.

Sadly, many of the rescued dogs were found living in overcrowded conditions and “filthy dilapidated kennels” in below freezing temperatures, exhibiting signs of neglect. Several cats that were reportedly found on the property were also suffering from severe neglect.

“Our priority is to get these animals much-needed medical care and treatment and continue to support the Worth County Sheriff’s Office with their case,” said Tim Rickey, Vice President of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We appreciate the overwhelming support from the public and plan to help the Sheriff’s Office seek suitable placement options once disposition is determined and give animal lovers an opportunity to give these animals loving homes.”

The Samoyed, also known as “Sammies” are friendly, smart, social dogs, that thrive with love and attention.

Animal neglect charges are pending based on evidence collected by ASPCA experts in support of the investigation.

The following agencies are supporting the ASPCA in the field and with their sheltering operations: Animal Rescue League of Iowa; Companion Animal Practices North America; Dubuque Regional Humane Society; Humane Society of North Iowa; Humane Society of Scott County; Nebraska Humane Society; Veterinary Centers of America (VCA); and Wichita Animal Action League.

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