Published Friday, February 28,
Dogs rescued in Bluffs sent to
BY JULIE ANDERSON
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
COUNCIL BLUFFS NE - City officials on Thursday released dogs taken
from the home of a Council Bluffs man charged with animal cruelty to the
Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha.
Galen Barrett, the city's chief animal control officer, said homes were
found in Pottawattamie County for two of the 16 near-starving dogs taken
from a Council Bluffs home last Friday.
The Nebraska Humane Society will determine whether the remaining dogs
are fit for adoption and find homes for them if they can, he said. Pam
Wiese, a Humane Society spokeswoman, said the 14 remaining dogs are
being evaluated for health and temperament.
Seven of the dogs are wolf hybrids, which are prohibited in Omaha and
Council Bluffs. Wiese said the organization will try to work with
wolf-hybrid rescue groups to find homes for those animals, too.
"We are going to save as many as we can," she said.
Two other dogs were found dead in the home after officers responded to a
tip from the public. The man, Kent Crosbie, 29, was charged with 18
counts of animal cruelty.
He also was cited on 16 counts of having unlicensed animals, two counts
of failure to lawfully dispose of carcasses and one count of failure to
obtain a city kennel license.
Barrett said the man failed to appear in court Monday on the 19
licensing violations. Those counts alone amount to up to $10,400 in
fines. A judge said the man will not be allowed to own animals in
Council Bluffs in the future.
Some of the large-breed dogs were unable to stand when officers found
them. "They're just skin and bones," Barrett said.
The man previously has held city and state licenses. He has not had a
city commercial breeder's license for about a year. All the animals in
the house were alive and healthy when the city checked into past barking
complaints at the residence.
this tragedy have been prevented?
only to areas where wolf-dog hybrids are LEGAL. Know the legalities.
2. Do a
HOME CHECK before the sale.
up on all pups sold.
Responsible rescue organizations do all of that, and more.