An Iowa animal shelter is caring for dogs who were removed from the property of a self-described “no kill” rescue agency. According to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc., on February 1, the shelter was alerted to the presence of two deceased dogs on property in Sandyville, Iowa. After alerting the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, animal control officers met at the property and they discovered a disturbing scene. The shelter wrote:
The dogs’ bodies were found in various stages of decay, in and around kennels covered in feces, and with their collars still on their remains.
After finding the two dead dogs, investigators dug further into the situation and found out that an additional 19 dogs, in various stages of neglect, needed to be removed. ARL described the condition of one of the rescued dogs:
One of the dogs that was found inside the camper yesterday had been severely injured by some of the other dogs and was near death when ARL and Warren County officials arrived. The dog was rushed to the nearest veterinarian where they began steps to save her life.
On February 4, ARL released information about the person behind the neglectful situation:
Lindsey Morrow has officially been charged this morning in the Sandyville dog case, in addition to multiple other charges.
Most disturbingly, she is the director for a “no-kill” group called “Bully Breed Miracle Network and Rescue”, described online: “Bully Breed Miracle Networking And Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill, volunteer dog rescue organization serving the Indianola, Iowa area.
WQAD reported on the multiple charges which Morrow is facing: criminal conduct, second-degree theft, fraudulent practices, five counts of animal torture, five counts of animal neglect (serious misdemeanor) and 17 counts of animal neglect (simple misdemeanor).
Tom Colvin, Executive Director with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, stated, “These dogs are suspected to have suffered and died at the hands of those entrusted with their care and then their bodies were carelessly tossed aside. There is absolutely no excuse for this.” Colvin added, “We continue to see cases like this throughout the state, but sadly, the punishments do not currently fit the crime. It’s time to change that. The animals deserve better and the people of Iowa demand better.”
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is a nonprofit organization founded in 1926. The ARL is the state’s largest animal shelter, serving thousands of animals each year from all corners of the state. With a focus on adoption, humane education, cruelty intervention, spay and neuter programs, and reuniting lost and found pets with their owners, the ARL is the greater Des Moines area’s only shelter that never turns away an animal in need.