Puppy mill operator in Worth County found guilty of animal neglect

Published: Oct. 19, 2019 at 11:45 AM CDT
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The owner of a northern Iowa dog breeding operation has been found guilty of animal neglect.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that 66-year-old Barbara Kavars, of Manly, 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.

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

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