FROZEN TO DEATH: Iowa County woman alleges animal neglect

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IOWA COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) An Iowa County woman is claiming her neighbor left his dogs out in the below zero temperatures last week, which possibly led to one of the animals death.

An emotional Facebook video is sparking outrage in Iowa County.

The woman behind the post, who has asked to remain anonymous, tells KWWL she had been checking in on the dogs for a little more than a year and a half. She said she found them living at what appeared to be an abandoned farm.

During last week’s bitter cold weather, she said she found one of the three dogs allegedly frozen to death, chained to his kennel.

The discovery left her heartbroken.

“The other two dogs came out to greet me and that one didn’t and at that one didn’t. I kind of knew at that point what had happened so I pulled on his chain and it was just dead weight in the house. So I dug him out of the straw and pulled him out. He was frozen just absolutely solid, not just cold,” said the Iowa County woman.

She called the Iowa County Sheriff’s Department who investigated. In a statement the department said, “The animals were provided water and shelter and fed regularly. Under Iowa Code, the animals are not considered to be neglected.”

We went out to the property hoping to locate the owner but instead found a puppy, running lose. It appeared his chain had broken and we found running in the road.

Safe Haven, the only animal rescue in the county, got involved said Board Liaison, Mary McCord. They offered to take the remaining dogs and said Iowa laws don’t do enough.

“Until we strengthen the laws and the penalties for animal abuse, it’s going to be like this. It’s going to be frustrating and we’re all going to hurt when we hear stories like this, but we need stronger laws,” said McCord.

Safe Haven is urging people to join them on February 20th in Des Moines, where animal rights activists will urge lawmakers to strengthen Iowa’s companion animal laws. For more information check out the event details.

In the Facebook post the woman said people were reaching out to see how they can help. She asks that any donations be made to Safe Haven. Drop-off donations can be made on Saturday, visit its website for more information.

Ashley Neighbor

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids
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