animal neglect

Eleven Iowa dog breeders among the Humane Society’s annual ‘Horrible Hundred’ list

BY: - May 14, 2021

An Iowa dog breeder convicted of 44 counts of animal neglect in 2012 was granted a new state license in 2020 and is now on the Humane Society of the United States’ annual list of the worst puppy mills in the nation. Missouri continues to have the largest number of puppy mills in the Human […]

Zoo attorney argues a finding of guilt would warrant no more than a $100 fine

BY: - January 19, 2021

The attorney representing the operators of eastern Iowa’s Cricket Hollow Zoo said his clients never violated a court order pertaining to their animals, but if they did, a fine of $100 would be appropriate. Pamela and Thomas are Sellner of Manchester are accused of contempt of court for allegedly violating a judge’s 2019 order requiring […]

Evidence of animals ‘starved to death’ presented in Cricket Hollow case

BY: - January 7, 2021

Investigators tasked with rescuing animals from eastern Iowa’s Cricket Hollow Zoo testified Thursday there was evidence of animals being starved to death or sold online in the weeks leading up to the zoo’s closure in December 2019. The testimony came in the second day of a contempt-of-court trial of the zoo’s owners, Thomas and Pamela […]

Piles of dead animals were found at Iowa zoo, according to court testimony

BY: - January 6, 2021

An investigator tasked with rescuing animals from the shuttered Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester testified Wednesday that she stumbled upon “piles” of dead animals when she launched an investigation there 13 months ago. The testimony came in the first day of a contempt-of-court trial of the zoo’s owners, Thomas and Pamela Sellner of Manchester. The […]

Does Iowa Senate’s animal abuse bill go far enough?

BY: - March 6, 2020

Activists fought for even tougher legislation against animal cruelty than the Iowa Senate passed this week, but they’re still celebrating the chamber’s approval of stricter penalties. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, a Des Moines-based non-profit organization, has worked for years to pass more severe charges against people who abuse “companion animals” like dogs and […]

Iowans who abuse animals face stricter penalties under Senate bill

BY: - March 4, 2020

Iowa senators passed a bill imposing stronger penalties against people who commit violence or neglect against animals — a measure animal rights advocates have been pushing for years as Iowa continuously ranks in the bottom nationally for animal protections. Under current Iowa law, the strictest penalty first-time offenders who abuse or neglect animals face are […]