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One year later, dog owner charged

Rescue volunteers mark anniversary with vigil


Sara Konrad

 

Just days after the one-year anniversary of the removal of 32 dogs from an Eldora property, the woman who owned those dogs is facing criminal charges for her alleged neglect of the animals in her care. Michele Kintzer, 43, formerly of Eldora, was charged Tuesday with one count of animal neglect causing death and one count of animal neglect causing serious injury. Both charges are serious misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,500 fine. Last Saturday — just days before the charges were filed against Kintzer, area animal rescue volunteers staged a vigil in front of the Hardin County Courthouse. Carrying signs and photographs of some of the dogs taken from Kintzer’s property. The signs read, “Animal Abuse is Illegal Still” and “Does this look okay to you?” “I think everybody’s forgotten and that’s why we’re out here,” said Amy Haas-Gray, director of the Hardin-Eldora Animal Rescue Team, whose supporters were among the volunteers who took the dogs from Kintzer’s property last year. “We don’t want the public to forget that these animals lost their lives.” The incident last year began with a call to the Hardin county Sheriff’s Office about dogs that were being kept outside at the home located at 27082 255th St., outside Eldora. When the responding deputy reported that the dogs had “food water and shelter,” Haas-Gray and volunteers from as far away as Marshalltown went to Kintzer’s home to ask her to let them take the dogs, which they said were hungry, thirsty and living in deplorable conditions. In all, 32 dogs were taken. From Kintzer’s property they were transported to shelters and veterinary offices in Marshalltown, Boone, Jewell and Radcliffe. Haas-Gray said of those dogs, several at the Boone County Humane Society were euthanized. The rest of the animals were adopted, with the exception of two dogs that are still available for adoption through H.E.A.R.T., one was at the vigil Saturday. About 15 people showed up to stand in the cold for two hours Saturday. From time to time passing drivers honked and offered a thumbs-up sign for support. Others passed slowly and stared. “These dogs lived and died out there in the cold,” Haas-Gray said Saturday. “If they can live and die like that we can stand out here for a couple of hours.” Kintzer no longer lives in the Hardin County area. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.
 

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