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American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals volunteers rescue 170 dogs from a puppy mill at a home west of Manly on Monday. The dogs were found in "appalling and overcrowded conditions," according to a press release.


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Officials ask for patience after adoption requests pour in for 160 dogs seized from Manly puppy mill

MANLY — The 160 puppies and adult dogs seized from a Worth County puppy mill on Monday are receiving care but can't be adopted right now, officials say. 

The dogs aren't available for adoption at this point because they are considered evidence in a pending criminal investigation, according to law enforcement.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) first estimated the total number of animals to be around 170 but have lowered it to 160.

Animal neglect charges are pending, according to the Worth County Sheriff's Office. 

As of Wednesday morning, no charges have been filed against the dogs' owner. The Globe Gazette is not identifying the breeder until they are charged with a crime. 

“We received many inquiries from people expressing interest in adopting these animals and we ask for their patience as these animals are considered evidence in an active case,” said Worth County Sheriff Dan Fank said. “Charges are still pending, and we will provide an update as we continue our investigation.”

Since the story broke Monday, the Globe Gazette has received many inquiries for adoption and donations in Facebook comments and phone calls as well as more than a dozen emails, Facebook messages and Twitter messages.   

Messages have come from Iowa and across the country, including Florida, New York, California, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

ASPCA is caring for the dogs in the meantime. 

“Over the next couple days, ASPCA veterinary and behavior experts will be conducting medical exams to assess each individual animal, as well as implement behavior enrichment protocols such as providing socialization, treats and toys,” the organization said in a statement. 

The Humane Society of North Iowa said the Samoyeds are not being housed at its shelter in Mason City.

“The dogs will be individually assessed and vetted by the ASPCA with the intent to make them available for adoption by shelter and rescue groups at a later date," the Humane Society said in a Facebook post.

The Humane Society also thanked people who have donated towards past and future expenses for caring for dogs from the breeder. The organization has raised about $2,300 through Facebook so far.  

Following the execution of a search warrant, which allows law enforcement to seize items considered evidence in a criminal investigation, the ASPCA removed the dogs from a rural Manly property.

The dogs were then transported to an undisclosed temporary shelter, where the ASPCA says they will receive care and treatment until custody is determined by the court. 

“Our priority is to get these animals much-needed medical care and treatment and continue to support the Worth County Sheriff’s Office with their case,” Tim Rickey, Vice President of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response, said in a statement. “We appreciate the overwhelming support from the public and plan to help the Sheriff’s Office seek suitable placement options once disposition is determined and give animal lovers an opportunity to give these animals loving homes.”

The Worth County Sheriff's Office told the Globe Gazette it had been working with the breeder for about a year, but were met with resistance. It began an investigation several months ago when local animal welfare groups concerned about the dogs asked them to look into the breeder. 

Many of the dogs exhibited signs of neglect and were living in overcrowded conditions, the ASPCA said. 

Photos: ASPCA rescues nearly 170 dogs from Worth County puppy mill

Photos: ASPCA rescues 160 dogs from Worth County puppy mill

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Iowa governor: Steve King must decide if his comments represent 'values' of district

OTTUMWA -- Distancing herself from fellow Republican Steve King, Gov. Kim Reynolds this week said the outspoken congressman should consider whether his rhetoric and actions represent the "values" of his district.

"Steve King needs to make a decision if he wants to represent the people and the values of the 4th District or do something else, and I think he needs to just take a look at that," Reynolds told reporters.

Reynolds, who narrowly defeated Democrat Fred Hubbell for her first four-year term as governor Tuesday, was repeatedly asked about King in the closing days of the contest. Hubbell called repeatedly for Reynolds to remove King as a co-chairman of her campaign, citing his anti-immigrant statements and support for white nationalist politicians.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks to the Sioux Journal editorial board in Sioux City in October 2018. 

Her remarks came during her first news conference since the Nov. 6 election, when a reporter asked about the thoughts on the increased controversy surrounding King. At the press gathering in Ottumwa, Reynolds said she hasn't spoken directly with King since the election and she doesn't have any plans to meet with him in the near future, saying she is currently busy preparing the new state budget.

King beat Democrat J.D. Scholten, 50 percent to 47 percent, by far the closest margin of victory in his nine previous elections in the most Republican of Iowa's congressional districts. In the final two weeks of the campaign, King weathered a series of attacks for his support of a white nationalist candidate for Toronto mayor and meeting with member of an Austrian political party with historic ties to the Nazi Party.

In an interview with Radio Iowa also in Ottumwa, Reynolds said of King's close call in the election, "I think this would be a pretty good confirmation from his constituents that they would like to see more of him."

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U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks with the Sioux City Journal editorial board in Sioux City in October 2018. 

At his post-election victory party, King blasted his critics and the "onslaught of an attempt to Kavanaugh-ize me...like this state has never seen, and like maybe America has never seen."

Scholten, a former professional baseball player and paralegal also penned an op-ed in USA Today in which he assessed his near miss against King in a district with 70,000 more registered Republican voters than registered Democrats.

"So why does Steve King get re-elected?" Scholten said in the op-ed. "The best I can sum it up is that it’s a numbers game, combined with the way the media works in small towns and the increasingly urban-centric Democratic Party leaving districts like this one behind."

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Scholten suggested that in the many small-town newspapers that serve the 39-county district, King "doesn’t create the same headlines that he does nationally."

"Some of the national headlines break through. But for the most part, if you are a farmer on your combine listening to talk radio and getting reports about record low soybean prices, your congressman meeting with Neo-Nazis or tweeting in support of a Toronto mayoral candidate who is a white nationalist just seems far away from day-to-day life," Scholten wrote in the piece.  


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Temporary Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics location opens in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE | A temporary clinic has arrived in Clear Lake.

The clinic, which is part of Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics, opened at 800 First Ave. N. Suite 1 Nov. 5 to serve area patients until the Garner Clinic is completed in 2019.

“It’s a way for patients to establish care with us now and make an easy transition to Garner versus waiting,” said Kimberly Marker, a spokeswoman with Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics.

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In October, Iowa Specialty Hospital-Belmond broke ground on a new 8,000-square-foot integrated care clinic at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 69 in Garner that will offer family medicine, occupational medicine, weight-loss management, women’s health and orthopedics, as well as counseling and therapy through primary care, mental health providers. It will also offer laboratory, radiology and visiting specialists.

The Garner Clinic is scheduled to be completed in June 2019.

Currently, Jennifer Scott, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, and Dr. Charles Mooney are providing family medicine and occupational medicine in Clear Lake before transitioning to Garner next summer, Marker said.

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Other primary care providers planned for the Garner Clinic are Amy Davidson, Renee Diamond, Jackie Dohlman, Jody Horstman and Andrew Odland.

“We look forward to serving the needs of this community and surrounding communities with an increased presence in orthopedic sports medicine to serve the local school districts as well as Waldorf College in Forest City,” the clinic said in a news release. “We intend to work closely with the local businesses on occupational medicine offerings and employee wellness.”

The temporary clinic is one of two Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics has in Clear Lake. The other is Gabrielson Clinic, 401 S. 17th St.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at the temporary Clear Lake Clinic, call 641-357-2860.