The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

February 26, 2014

A brighter outlook for rescued animals

DRAKESVILLE — The outlook is looking a little brighter every day for the animals rescued from a Drakesville home Friday. More than 300 living animals were taken from the property after a warrant was issued to search the home and a severe animal hoarding situation was uncovered.

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa and the Heartland Humane Society responded with authorities to the home to aid in the safe removal of the animals from the property. The ARL of Iowa brought around 300 animals, mostly livestock and exotics, to their shelter in Des Moines.

“We already have well over 100 animals out to foster homes,” William Wallace, an ARL employee, said. “We also have around 200 here at the shelter that are being given care and will be out to foster homes or adopted soon.”

When the animals arrived at both shelters, they were in various stages of health with some needing more immediate care than others. The animals remaining at the shelters are receiving proper vaccinations and medical treatment and will be out to homes as soon as possible.

The animals not taken to the ARL were taken to the Heartland Humane Society. The livestock taken there have already been adopted out. An adult dog, adult cat and a kitten were also taken there. These animals have another week of observation and medical care and then will be available for adoption to a good home as well.

 

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