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Over Forty Dogs & Cats Rescued from Delaware County Residence

More than forty dogs and cats have been rescued from a residence in Delaware County. 

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the Rebecca Salow residence at 19761 258th Street southeast of Manchester last Tuesday, March 26th.

The search warrant was part of an investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship to determine if unlicensed dog breeding and sales were being conducted from the Salow residence.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, numerous cats and dogs were found in the home and in one of the outbuildings during the search. Numerous dogs were housed in unsanitary conditions that lacked ventilation and contained excessive animal waste. Several dogs had severely matted fur and lacked proper grooming. 

Authorities say a total of 43 animals were removed from the property – 15 adult dogs, four puppies, fourteen adult cats and ten kittens. 

Seven dead dogs and one dead kitten were also found on the property. 

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by a veterinarian and a compliance investigator from the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, the Dubuque Regional Humane Society, the Animal Rescue League and Delaware County Emergency Management. 

The case remains under investigation. Charges are pending against the animal’s owners. 

The Dubuque Regional Humane Society is helping the animals recover, with more than $5,000 raised so far. You can find photos of a few of the dogs on their Facebook page. If you’d like to help pay for the care of these animals rescued last week, donations can be made through their website at dbqhumane.org/donate, Venmo (@DBQHumane), Facebook, or in person at the shelter.


photos courtesy of Dubuque Regional Humane Society/FB

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