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35 seized dogs not ready for adoption, but in good hands

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The woman forced to give up 35 neglected pets from her Cedar Rapids home and voluntarily turned over more animals from a farm in Iowa county will face three additional charges of animal cruelty Friday.  That's according to the Iowa county sheriff.

Since this is an open investigation KWWL wasn't able to view the animals on Thursday.  The animal control manager sent out a plea to the public to be patient, because these 35 pets will soon be in dire need of new homes.

Diane P. Webber, Manager, Animal Care and Control said,  "We can hold 38 to 40 dogs, but bringing in 32 more dogs doubled our capacity so for a couple of days it was hectic and stressful for staff to manage."

In just a few days time volunteers, vets, and animal control officers witnessed a remarkable change in these animals' behavior.

Webber said, "The temperament of the animals has turned around completely. When animals that are neglected are given the love and care they need its remarkable and its rewarding to see that."

But physically, the pets have a long road to recovery, and won't be ready for adoption until the investigation into their previous owner is complete.

Webber said, "The care that was being provided was not adequate or appropriate.  No available food or water visible, they were living in feces and urine and it was a horrible situation that required removal of the animals for their own safe keeping"

In the meantime the shelter's management hopes the public will step up and adopt the dogs that are ready for loving homes.

Webber said, "That's a huge thing for us. To keep the animals moving, so that we always have available space. Help us work through this in the appropriate way so that the right thing is done for the animals in the end."

Jennifer Wood's puppy playground in Hiawatha, which was investigated earlier this month, shows no sign of life, with covered windows and closed signs on the door.

A neighboring business owner says Wood cared for animals, but not in the best way.

Cedar Rapids police, the Iowa county sheriffs office and animal control plan to decide on charges by Friday and we'll be sure to bring you an update when it becomes available.

Online reporter: Molly Nichols

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