LIVERMORE, Iowa – The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is now caring for 10 neglected and emaciated dogs that were seized from a property in Livermore and the dogs’ owner has been charged in the case.
Forty-four-year-old Timothy Broesder is facing 10 charges of animal neglect. He will make his first court appearance Thursday.
The investigation began on September 16th when the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was called out to the 1600 mile of 110th Street in rural Livermore, on a report of dogs attacking livestock.
“While trying to find out who the owner of the dogs were they came across these dogs that were in pretty bad shape,” says Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger.
Deputies determined the dogs belonged to Broesder and after getting a search warrant discovered 10 emaciated dogs on the property.
The ARL was called in to assist in the case by Humboldt County law enforcement. The dogs, all coonhound mixes, are now being treated for medical issues and will be rehabilitated.
“We went up picked up the dogs brought them here our vet assessed them and found them to be in varying degrees of thinness and emaciation,” says Tom Colvin, Executive Director of the ARL.
Colvin says while all the dogs needed care some were listed by the veterinarian staff as being in the most severe form of neglect by nourishment.
“In this day in age, I can`t give a reason for animals to be in this condition.”
The Sheriff’s Office says Broesder cooperated with authorities and told them he thought he was taking good care of the animals.
Colvin disagrees, “I simply don`t know what makes people allow animals that they are seeing on a routine basis allow to degrade into this situation.”
The ARL is looking for donations of high-quality dog food to help the dogs. You can drop off donations at 5452 NE 22nd Street in Des Moines or make online monetary donations here. To help these specific dogs just reference, “Humboldt 10.”