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Court finds all but 14 animals neglected in Vinton home

VINTON, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — A court ruling Thursday decided all but 14 animals of the more than 800 animals taken from a home in Vinton were neglected.

On January 16, animal rescue workers took about 700 animals from Babs Galkowski's home in Vinton. An additional 100 animals were removed later.

The Cedar Valley Humane Society took in a bulk of the animals, with Wild Thunder Rescue helping, as well.

The court decided Galkowski may reclaim 14 of the animals. She had claimed she was a breeder and treated them adequately.

The Cedar Valley Humane society says its happy a majority of the animals will not go back to Galkowski, but disappointed that some will have to.

Director Preston Moore says despite many thinking the animals could end up euthanized, it's not going to happen.

"The section of code that talks about destruction of animals, the code is there primarily for sick animals or if the animals aren't ever adopted that sort of thing, but we operate as a no kill shelter these animals aren't going to be euthanized," Moore said.

The Benton County Attorney's Office said the county will now provide detailed invoices for the cost of seizing, caring for, and preserving the animals.

The court ruling is available as a pdf in the right column.

TV9 reached out to Galkowski. She says she's upset with the decision but did not provide a statement.

The Cedar Valley Humane Society is still accepting donations. The shelter posted to its Facebook page Thursday saying "CVHS has been contacted by a very generous supporter who will match up to $10,000 in financial donations towards care of the remaining Vinton hoarding case animals and to allow CVHS to get them adoption-ready. Please consider donating now to double your impact in saving the lives of these animals in need."

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