WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – The woman who previously owned the dogs appeared in court this week to try and get some of them back.
According to the Globe Gazette, Barbara Kavars gave her testimony saying she didn’t neglect the animals.
Some of the photos included in this story might be considered graphic.
Photos show one dog covered in dirt and grim, it is just one of about 170 dogs seized by the ASPCA in Northwood living in conditions referred to as ‘unlivable’ by the ASPCA.
Court records show that Kavars, the former owner, has given up her rights to all but 13 of the animals, nine dogs and four cats, asking the court to return them to her.
The Globe Gazette says Kavars said caring for the animals overwhelmed her after her husband died last summer.
The court did allow her to see those 13 dogs and cats, before the ASPCA likely moves them out of state. Experts with the group did testify in court this week about the conditions all the animals were living in.
Many of the rescued dogs were given to shelter partners with the ASPCA, including one in Waterloo.
“Seven of our nine dogs are now in homes,” said Kristy Gardner
Kristy Gardner is the Co-director of the Cedar Bend Humane Society, she said that most of their samoyeds are in new homes.
“We were very diligent on where these dogs went. We felt in order for them to succeed, we looked for owners with previous with this breed and had experience with rescue dogs,” said Gardner.
Gardener says shes grateful for those who donated.
“Some people who donated have never seen these dogs, or laid hands on these dogs, but we want them to know they’re still part of a happy story for these dogs having a second chance at a home and a family life,” said Gardner.
The shelter still has two samoyeds left who they say still need a bit more socialization.
No official charges have been filed in this case but the judge is expected to make a ruling on whether or not the dogs will return to Kavars by the end of the month.