A shocking discovery was made at a home in Benton County, Iowa, this week. According to the Des Moines Register, approximately 1,000 animals, dead and alive, were found on Tuesday at a residence located at 607 W. 6th Street in Vinton.
Local authorities, acting on a search warrant, found a menagerie of animals, including: hedgehogs, rats, mice, rabbits, chinchillas, turtles, fish, birds, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and a snake. The Cedar Valley Humane Society, which participated in the rescue effort, alerted Facebook followers to the dismal conditions at the house:
The situation is just terrible. The smell... the empty or dirty food and water bowls… dead animals in cages with living ones. Rotting food. Animals with “DIY surgery” in progress. Hundreds (potentially thousands by the time everything is counted) of animals in a small, enclosed space.
Many of the surviving animals were found to be dehydrated and malnourished. The Cedar Valley Humane Society is desperate for supplies to help care for the animals which were seized. On Wednesday, the animal shelter listed the items most in need:
Water bottles for animal cages
Food bowls that clip onto small cages
HE laundry detergent
Paper animal bedding
Small mammal nail trimmers
Homeowner Babs Galkowski, who believes that her animals have been wrongfully seized, has explained that the dead/frozen animals at the home were merely food for other animals, reported Radio Iowa. Galkowski is reported to also run the Rocket Ministries horse rescue – the animal shelter is investigating the condition of the horses who are with the rescue.
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