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19 dogs rescued from home in Brandon, three found dead

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – A day after an animal rescue in Sumner, 19 dogs were rescued from a home in Brandon.

The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office rescued the dogs Monday night. They worked with the Wildthunder Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation.

The 19 dogs are now at Wildthunder; some were missing hair and scratching themselves. A vet is coming to look at the dogs and assess their health conditions. 

Tracy Belle, owner of Wildthunder, described the condition of the home they were rescued from. “I would say it was a hoarder situation, and it was beyond anything I had ever seen before. Just the inches and inches of feces and debris, and just things everywhere.”

Wildthunder is looking after all of these animals right now, but soon the Cedar Bend Humane Society will also help care for some of the dogs. An animal rescue shelter in Vinton and another shelter in Independence are also helping out with supplies.

This comes right after the Sumner Police Department rescued 13 cats and dogs from a different home. That happened on Sunday. Police say in that situation, 15 other animals were found dead.

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Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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