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UPDATE: 88 dogs confiscated after abuse allegations, many taken to eastern Iowa shelters

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Eighty-eight dogs and one cat rescued from horrible conditions in the western part of Iowa are now getting help they need at shelters across the state.

Sac County Authorities executed a search warrant for the rural Sac County property of unlicensed animal breeder, Mary Brodersen.  Officials there found animals living in unsanitary conditions in tight quarters.

Five dogs were found dead, the other 88 were seized with the assistance of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

Now the animals are being cared for at five shelters across the state, including 14 animals at the Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo and 15 at the Cedar Valley Humane Society in Cedar Rapids.

One of those animals is Reno, a 4 year-old Cocker Spaniel amazingly active after being rescued.

Reno, hardly resembles his old self 24 hours later, shaved, bathed, and groomed at the hands of caring volunteers at the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

"These guys are very fortunate for everyone getting together and rescuing them," said Bob Citrullo, executive director of the Cedar Rapids shelter.

Reno resembles the other 87 rescued dogs.

"The first thing we were hit was with terrible odor, animals living in own feces," Citrullo said.

The Cedar Valley Humane Society has taken numerous calls from people concerned about the animals' situations.  Many like Anthony Brown of Cedar Rapids are donating food and money to help.

"Don't really know how to comprehend the situation.  Don't think I'd let any animal I own end up like that," Brown said.

Now, animal care workers are putting in long hours to bring these animals back to health, with the ultimate goal of finding Reno and the 87 others a permanent home.

But adoption can't happen until the animals are healthy and all legal matters are resolved.  For now donations are welcome to help the shelters absorb the high costs to keep the animals there.

Thursday Sac County officials said the case was still under investigation.  No charges have yet been filed.

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