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First full day of trial for northern Iowa woman accused of animal neglect begins

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (KTTC) — Wednesday saw the second day of a jury trial for Barbara Kavars. She’s charged with 17 counts of animal neglect.

Kavars pleaded not guilty back in April after a dog breeding bust on her property in November of last year discovered nearly 170 Samoyed dogs in overcrowded living conditions.

Wednesday’s testimony included law enforcement and investigators from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), that were involved in the bust.

The dogs were found in dilapidated kennels with a mixture of mud and animal waste covering the walls. Many had matted and discovered fur and did not have food and water available. 14 of them were in poor condition, malnourished and with wounds or other untreated conditions. Several of the dogs were pregnant and delivered puppies after being removed from Kavar’s home. One had to be euthanized.

In January, Kavars asked the court to be able to keep some of her animals. That request was denied.

She has not yet taken the stand in her own defense. Both sides declined to comment on the case Wednesday.

Alex Tejada

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