Officers find nearly 60 animals after neglect call
Fort Dodge Police recovered approximately 60 animals from 310 and 312 G St. after learning of alleged animal neglect Saturday.
Kathleen Bond, 61, the property owner, allegedly took in numerous dogs and cats, and was unable to properly care for them, resulting in unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions.
Police were handling a request for service at a nearby home when they heard of the alleged neglect.
Bond has not been charged with anything, according to Police Chief Tim Carmody.
Bond cooperated with law enforcement and allowed officers to inspect both homes, Carmody said.
Officers observed signs of animal neglect inside both homes, but due to high levels of ammonia in the air they were not able to enter and complete their investigation.
According to a police department press release, officers secured the buildings to prevent people from going inside without appropriate protective equipment.
Due to the health concerns, the Fort Dodge Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Firefighters wore hazmat suits when they entered the homes, where they found eight dogs and between 40 and 50 cats. They opened windows to ventilate the ammonia out of the homes.
Webster County Animal Control Officer Blaine Hepp, as well as volunteers with Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa also responded and helped in the recovery of the eight dogs from 312 G St. These animals were impounded and will be evaluated and treated for any neglect or injuries.
Police determined that it was safe for the cats to stay at the houses in the short term while Almost Home and Hepp worked to find rescue shelters that would take them in.