Crews Seize 40-Dogs, puppies from Southeast Iowa Home

Photo: Animal Rescue League of Iowa

(Des Moines, IA) -- The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is caring for more than 40-dogs taken from an unlicensed breeder in southeast Iowa's Lee County. The ARL's Mobile Rescue team removed dogs and puppies that were found in filthy cages. The ARL says nearly every room of the house was packed with dogs of all breeds.

The ARL says cages were stacked on top of each other, sometimes with 2 or 3 adult dogs to a cage, or moms with litters of puppies barely able to move. They were living in their own waste and the smell of urine was overpowering.

The dogs are now being cleaned, fed and are getting veterinary care.

The ARL says during the rescue they found two small cages with more than 40-hamsters along with dead hamsters in filthy conditions. Two were euthanized, the rest are now being treated.

Animal neglect charges are pending.

Photo: Animal Rescue League

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