Dogs seized from puppy mill continue to be adopted

Published 7:07 pm Thursday, March 28, 2019

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  said Thursday it continues to place the dogs seized from a Manly, Iowa, puppy mill in November with shelters and rescues across the country.

The organization was called in to assist the Worth County Sheriff’s Office Nov. 12 with evidence collection, transport and sheltering of 160 dogs from the White Fire Kennels facility owned by Barb Kavars.

Upon arriving on the scene, investigators discovered the dogs, all Samoyeds, living in overcrowded conditions, without food or unfrozen water. Many of the dogs were found in dirty kennels in below-freezing temperatures. At least one kennel was damaged by a fallen tree, and all were laden with feces and strongly smelled of ammonia.

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The dogs were taken to an undisclosed temporary shelter, where they received ongoing care and treatment.

Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA field investigations and response, said in a news release Thursday the ASPCA focuses on protecting animals from situations of cruelty and neglect, so it was glad to be able to assist the Sheriff’s Office.

“We are pleased to be in a position where we can assist law enforcement agencies like the Worth County Sheriff’s Office to rescue animal victims and are grateful for our network of response partners across the country who have given these deserving dogs a second chance to find safe and loving homes,” Rickey said.

According to the release, most of the animals have been placed with shelters and rescue groups across the country, where they have been made available for adoption, and many have already been adopted. Some have also been placed with the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in North Carolina, where they are receiving specialized treatment for extreme fear and  undersocialization.

The following groups assisted  by providing support in the field or taking in dogs to be made available for adoption:

• Adopt-A-Pet Inc., Fenton, Michigan

• Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Des Moines

• Buckeye Samoyed Rescue, Ohio

• Cedar Bend Humane Society, Waterloo, Iowa

• CHA Animal Shelter, Columbus, Ohio

• Columbus Humane  Society, Columbus, Ohio

• Humane Society of North Iowa, Mason City

• Humane Society of Scott County, Davenport, Iowa

• Kansas Humane Society, Wichita, Kansas

• LuvnPupz, Wyoming, Michigan

• Nebraska Humane Society, Omaha, Nebraska

• San Francisco Samoyed Rescue, San Rafael, California

• Wichita Animal Action League, Wichita, Kansas

Kavars last Friday was charged with 17 counts of misdemeanor animal neglect.