MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) – Last month, a northern Iowa woman was charged with 14 counts of animal neglect stemming from a raid on her dog breeding operation finding more than 150 Samoyed dogs in sub-standard living conditions.
Over the past two years, more than 300 dogs were removed from the care of Barbara Kavars between the efforts of the ASPCA and the Humane Society of North Iowa. Now, there is only one Samoyed left to be adopted, a female named Inara.
“Unmonitored breeding, unintended breeding, no spaying and neutering of any animals on her property and she was trying to manage this all on her own,” said Humane Society of North Iowa director Sybil Soukup.
What began as a few dogs, turned into a nightmare situation for both Barbara Kavars and the Humane Society of North Iowa. The overwhelming amount of dogs led to the situation becoming too difficult for one breeder to keep going.
“Some have had physical issues but all of them had behavioral issues,” Soukup said. “It’s learning to trust, learning to accept care and love from a human, learning to be a pet really. A lot of these dogs are still going through that process.”
When Kavars breeding operation was shut down, more than 150 Samoyeds were looking for new homes. Luckily, there is no shortage of takers.
“Rarely do you find them in shelters so all the people that found Samoyeds in our shelter were beyond thrilled and were literally willing to go the distance to come adopt one,” said Soukup.
People from all over the world were inquiring about the Samoyeds and now these pups are in homes of dog lovers across the country.
However, one dog remains, Inara. She is less socialized than the other Samoyeds due to her being pregnant at the time of rescue, making adoption requirements extensive.
“We are requiring that a person does have experience with this breed, not just a northern breed, the Samoyed breed. We also require that they have a dog in the home,” Soukup said. “That dog does not have to be a Samoyed but Inara needs to learn by the example of a well-behaved dog in the home how to act as a pet. These are puppy mill survivors first and Samoyeds second.”