Former kennel owner gets 30-day jail sentence

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) -- Several dog owners expressed their frustration Wednesday about the sentence handed down to a man they entrusted to care and train their pets.

Initially facing a sentence of three years, a man who previously operated Young Gunz Kennel and training facility in western Iowa, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days.

David Young, who pleaded not guilty in July 2018, will now serve 30 days in jail and will be allowed to work during that time.

The Pottawattamie County judge on Wednesday called the incident "a tragedy that could have been avoided if the kennel owner used good judgment."

Young was arrested after authorities in May 2018 found dog carcasses and dozens of malnourished dogs and puppies at the kennel. Other dogs in Young's care were also reported missing.

The owners of those dogs said Wednesday they are angry and don't believe the result is justice.

"It's an absolute joke," said Dani Allison of Spencer, Iowa, whose dog, Duke, died in Young's care. "Work release for 50-hours a week. You might as well stay at the Sheraton."

Young said very little in court Wednesday afternoon; but last month, he told the judge his business grew too fast and got away from him, and that he was overwhelmed caring for the dogs.

His sentence means that if Young finds a job in the next two weeks, he'll sleep in jail for a month, and pay close to $5,000 in restitution.

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said he shares the frustration of the families, saying animal neglect — for whatever reason — rarely leads to jail time in Iowa.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for more details.