Volunteers Working to Find Homes for Dogs Found on Abandoned Delaware Co. Property

By Brady Smith, Reporter


By Aaron Hepker

DELAWARE COUNTY, Iowa - A volunteer animal care organization is trying to find homes for several dogs that were found on an abandoned property in Delaware County.

Eight dogs, including one named Martha, had been left in bitterly cold temperatures. A missing limb shows the dire situation she was in.

"She had been shot in the leg, which had shattered the bone, and it started fusing together wrong," David Boehm, a volunteer with The Animal Welfare Foundation of Iowa, said.

Boehm said Martha's recovering in a foster home, and three more have been moved to other shelters.

"Two of them have already been moved to the Dubuque Humane Society, one has been moved to Cedar Valley, Last Hope is taking one."

There are still four other dogs on the property, which is now owned by a Monticello bank. The bank requested that we keep the property's location a secret, to prevent any trespassing. Boehm and other volunteers have been making regular visits, bringing out food and water.

"They seem to be doing fine, they are being fed and given water. The outbuildings have quite a few holes in them and so they are trying to seek shelter where they can."

The Animal Welfare Foundation is still looking for foster homes or shelter spaces for two of those dogs. Boehm told us the situation highlights the need for animal shelters in this part of the state.

"We do not have a shelter here in Jones County, so it's all foster homes right now. Delaware County doesn't have any rescue or foster homes or anything over that way."

If you want to help, you can visit the foundation's official Facebook page, or call them at 319-462-5683.

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