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Published Friday, February 28, 2003

Dogs rescued in Bluffs sent to Humane Society


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.


How could this tragedy have been prevented?

1. Sell only to areas where wolf-dog hybrids are LEGAL. Know the legalities.

2.  Do a HOME CHECK before the sale.

3. Follow up on all pups sold.

Responsible rescue organizations do all of that, and more.



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