Thursday, January 26, 2012

Workers at the Animal Rescue League spent Thursday morning shaving off the feces-crusted fur of 18 neglected dogs

Eighteen of the 88 dogs rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Sac County are being cared for by the staff at the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines.

Workers began to process and care for the neglected animals Wednesday and Thursday morning they began grooming them, shaving off the coats matted with feces.

"You immediately want to see them healthy, you want to see them groomed, and comfortable and bathed and all of those types of things, but no you don't get use to this, this tugs at the heart every time," says Tom Colvin with the ARL.

After a tip from a concerned citizen, the Sac County Sheriff's Office seized the animals from 3975 Dean Avenue in rural Kiron. The animals' owner and breeder, Mary Brodersen, was not present at the time of the seizure. She did not have a current license with the USDA, meaning she could not sell the dogs legally. It appears she continued to breed the dogs and they received very little care. When authorities arrived they found 93 dogs but five of them were deceased.

The animals were split up between several rescue organizations for care. The dogs in the worst health were sent to the ARL to be taken care of. Shelter staff says some dogs had such bad fleas you could see them crawling all over..."  More

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