Iowa puppy mill operator whose dogs were brought to Omaha found guilty of animal neglect

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NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) -- The owner of a northern Iowa dog breeding operation has been found been guilty of animal neglect.

The owner of a northern Iowa dog breeding operation was found been guilty of animal neglect on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Some of the rescued Samoyeds were brought to the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha in November 2018. (Nebraska Humane Society)

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that 66-year-old Barbara Kavars of Manly, Iowa, was found guilty Friday of 14 counts of misdemeanor animal neglect in connection with the operation of a puppy mill.

Prosecutors say Kavars was holding Samoyed dogs in inhumane conditions when officials raided her operation on Nov. 12 and took about 150 dogs. Court records say 17 dogs had fur matted by feces, skin conditions leading to fur loss, painful wounds, intestinal parasites and other maladies. One dog had to be euthanized.

Officials say the dogs' kennels lacked food and had water containers filled with ice.

Some of the dogs were brought to the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha and put up for adoption after they had recovered. The last of the rescued puppies sent to Omaha were adopted in January 2019.

Kavars denied wrongdoing and testified she fed and gave water to the dogs every day.


6 News contributed to this report.