UPDATE (4/30/2015): Roger Blew, owner of the Davis Co. property from which over 300 animals were rescued in February 2014 was found committing the same crime, this time in Missouri.
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Originally posted 2/21/2014
On Friday, February 21, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) assisted local authorities in Davis County in the rescue of nearly 300 animals, represented by nearly 30 different species.
Goats, pot bellied pigs, chickens, ducks, pigeons, quail, mice, hamsters, degus, sugar gliders, and hissing cockroaches were just a few of the animals on the property in Drakesville, IA. The local animal shelter took the 1 dog and 2 cats back to their shelter and the remaining animals were loaded up for the nearly 2 hour drive back to Des Moines.
A view of the property from the street. The image has been cropped to remove graphic content.
"We were so relieved when we saw [the ARL] arrive," one of the local reporters told us, "There is no one else who could handle something like this."
Our rescue team spent all day in the cold, working as quickly as possible to help law enforcement with documentation for the pending criminal case and to get the animals warm and comfortable. Sadly, more than 50 animals were found dead on-site.One of the rescuers onsite recounted, "We went through the entire property, in the house, in the outbuildings. We just kept seeing more and more animals. And it was just one building after another. Some of the animals were outside. Horrendous conditions. Horrendous. I cannot emphasize that enough."
Amidst all of the sadness, there were smiles - because this was the last day of suffering for the animals who were still hanging on for rescue. Some days are hard. Really hard. But we are motivated by the animals who need us and inspired by your support.
|An ARL Animal Control Officer smiles with some of the birds because they will never again experience suffering. They will soon begin their ride to a new life. |
While the rescue team was over 100 miles away, the staff back at the ARL was busy setting up housing for the animals. The Fred & Charlotte Hubbell Animal Activity Center was converted into a small animal housing area and the heated outbuilding was set-up for the days-old goats (some still had their umbilical cords attached).
An ARL Rescue Ranch care technician assists local police with carrying some of the baby goats from the property.
As the sun set, the 3 rescue vans and trailers arrived at the ARL and staff quickly unloaded the animals, placed them into their new housing, and gave them food and fresh water - the first time in a long time.