DES MOINES, Iowa (WHO) – End of October more than 500 dogs and puppies have been taken from Iowa breeder due to horrible conditions. Since then, around 200 dogs have remained in the area in shelters and the remaining puppies have been transferred to other shelters in neighboring states.
Animal Rescue League director of animal services Joe Stafford said the dogs have arrived in various physical and emotional states and have assessed each individually and responded to the dog’s needs.
“There was really everything from A to Z. I mean, there were dogs that were perfectly healthy puppies in terms of appearance. Their behavior was normal for a puppy. There are dogs that needed extensive medical attention and many of these dogs had not had close physical contact with people, many of them had never touched concrete ground or grass ” , Stafford said.
Now, many dogs are doing well and more than 70 of them have already found homes in Iowa, according to the shelter.
There are still other dogs and litters of puppies that are in foster care and will soon be screened in shelters.