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Starved, rescued dog dies at Cedar Bend Humane Society

WATERLOO – Her name was Hope.

The shepherd mix was about a year old. She arrived at the Cedar Bend Humane Society on Saturday in horrific condition – severely emaciated and dehydrated to the brink of death, a skeleton clothed in fur without the strength to lift her head. She could barely open and close her mouth.


Medtech Supervisor Amber Lang cradles the skeletal rescue pup who arrived at Cedar Bend Humane Society severely emaciated and dehydrated. She was in the worst condition the shelter has ever seen and died Wednesday morning. 

The pup had the will to live, but her body didn’t let her.

Hope died Wednesday morning.

It is one of the worst cases of starvation ever seen at CBHS.

“I’ve been here for 21 years, and she’s probably one of the worst that I’ve seen that arrived to us still alive,” said CBHS Executive Director Kristy Gardner. “This is not acceptable. I get it if you can’t afford to pay for food for your pet, but it’s kinder to turn it over to a shelter. Starvation, abuse and neglect is not acceptable.”


Each year, Cedar Bend receives numerous animals in desperate need of life-saving care, and if necessary, what’s best for the animal may be humane euthanasia. Hope was suffering, but CBHS staff was optimistic and wanted to give her the best chance possible. She was transported to the Eastern Iowa Specialty Veterinary Clinic in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday morning, Gardner said.

“When she became our property, we made the decision that she needed more intensive care, like a person who is gravely ill is hospitalized in intensive care,” Gardner explained.

The plan was to give Hope 24/7 care, take X-rays and do blood work, then nurse her back to health. That wasn’t to be.

The medium-sized dog weighed only 18.8 pounds, but should have weighed at least 45 pounds to be a decent weight for her age.


The emaciated rescued shepherd mix pup, estimated to be about 1 year old, was been given IVs for hydration and kept warm before being transported to the Eastern Iowa Specialty Veterinary Clinic in Cedar Rapids for intensive care. 

Black Hawk Animal Control received a call about the starving dog and brought the rescue to CBHS on Saturday.

“The investigation is ongoing. There is a lot we have to do to go forward to make a case, and we are making the case right now,” said Black Hawk Animal Control Director Sandie Greco.

Wednesday, the staff named the pup Hope. People who made donations during online fundraising could offer name suggestions.

“We originally said 72 hours for donations and suggestions, but we moved it up. We wanted her to have the respect of a name. Every dog needs a name,” said Jessica Christensen, marketing and development coordinator.

The shelter has to hold an animal for three days before it becomes their property. While animal control continues its investigation into how and why the dog got into this condition, the medical staff at Cedar Bend administered IVs and other care. Staff members also showered Hope with affection and warm blankets.

Hope could not stand, walk or wag her tail, but she fought until the very end. “Just a very sweet lady,” said Christensen.

Gardner was brought to tears at the public’s response to the shelter’s appeal for donations to help the emaciated dog. “They made it possible for us to get her down to the emergency clinic right away.


The starved, rescued pup cuddled under blankets for warmth. 

“This is not our first case — we see a lot of emaciated animals. We really encourage the public that if they see something like this, to be sure and turn it in. The community doesn’t realize what condition some of these animals are in when they come to us. They are suffering. Don’t look the other way. It’s great to help, but putting a stop to this would be much better,” Gardner said.

Shelter donations can be made at

PHOTOS: Dog Hope loses battle with starvation
“I’ve been here for 21 years, and she’s probably one of the worst that I’ve seen that arrived to us still alive. ... This is not acceptable. Starvation, abuse and neglect is not acceptable.” Kristy Gardner CBHS executive director.

Hospitals squeezed as coronavirus spikes in Midwest

MILWAUKEE — The coronavirus tightened its grip on the American heartland, with infections surging in the Midwest, some hospitals in Wisconsin and North Dakota running low on space.

Midwestern states are seeing some of the nation’s highest per capita rates of infection, and while federal health officials again urged some governors in the region to require masks statewide, many Republicans have resisted.

Like other states, health officials in Wisconsin had warned since the pandemic began that COVID-19 patients could overwhelm hospitals. That’s now happening for some facilities as experts fear a second wave of infections in the U.S.

A record number of people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Wisconsin. Of those 737 patients Wednesday, 205 were in intensive care, with spikes in cases in northern parts of the state driving up the numbers. The state also reported its highest single-day number of deaths — 27 — raising the toll to 1,327.

Officials at ThedaCare, a community health system of seven hospitals, said they have exceeded capacity in the COVID-19 unit at their medical center in Appleton, about 100 miles north of Milwaukee. It’s started sending patients to other hospitals some 40 miles away.

Wisconsin health officials reported 2,319 new infections, bringing the total number to 122,274.

In North Dakota, hospitals are adding extra space amid concerns from employees about capacity. Nearly 678 COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people have been diagnosed over the past two weeks, leading the country for new cases per capita, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

A new Sanford Health hospital unit opened in the capital of Bismarck to add 14 more beds, with nearly half of those for intensive care patients. The space isn’t exclusively for coronavirus patients but could be used to treat them if needed.

Overall, North Dakota has reported 21,846 infections and 247 deaths. There are 89 people now hospitalized.

The upswing has been seen throughout the Midwest. Iowa also has reported a spike in people hospitalized with the virus, to 390. Last week, the state had the nation’s sixth-highest rate of coronavirus infections per 100,000 people, according to a White House coronavirus task force report dated Sunday. It again recommended Iowa require masks statewide, which Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has said is unnecessary.

The number of confirmed cases in Iowa in the past day topped 1,000 with 18 more deaths, the state Department of Public Health reported Wednesday. In the 24 hours since 10 a.m. Tuesday, the state reported 1,048 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 88,555. The 18 additional deaths brought the total to 1,324.

On Tuesday, Reynolds announced new state guidance that people who have close contact with someone infected with the coronavirus no longer should go into a 14-day quarantine if both people were wearing masks. The recommendation breaks from guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Similarly, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, has said he won’t impose such a requirement. The task force report found his state is among the worst in the United States for positive coronavirus tests per 100,000 people, up 15% from a week ago.

The number of reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma increased by 980 on Wednesday, with 13 additional deaths, state health officials said. A total of 1,031 people have died of the virus there.

The strain of the virus in the Midwest comes as President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, sparred over the pandemic during the first presidential debate. Trump defended his handling of the virus, saying he has struck the right balance between preserving the economy and pushing for a vaccine. Biden criticized Trump for doing too little, too late and putting Americans’ lives at risk by being slow to encourage the use of masks and social distancing.

There have been nearly 34 million confirmed cases worldwide — over 7 million in the United States alone — and more than 1 million deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. But the real number of infections is believed to be much higher.

The U.S. is averaging more than 40,000 new cases a day. While that’s dramatically lower than the peak of nearly 70,000 over the summer, the numbers remain worrisome. The nation’s death toll eclipsed 200,000 this week, the highest in the world.

Across the U.S., the numbers are determining whether parts of the economy can get going again.

In Hawaii, where infection numbers are low, movie and television productions have started or are scheduled to resume soon. Work on new seasons of the television shows “Magnum PI” and “Temptation Island” on Oahu are beginning and other productions are expected to shoot on Maui and the Big Island.

Pelosi, Mnuchin discuss rescue

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held an “extensive conversation” Wednesday on a huge COVID-19 rescue package, meeting face to face for the first time in more than a month in a last-ditch effort to seal a tentative accord on an additional round of coronavirus relief.

After a 90-minute meeting in the Capitol, Pelosi issued a statement saying the two would continue to talk. “We found areas where we are seeking further clarification,” she said.

“We made a lot of progress over the last few days. We still don’t have an agreement,” Mnuchin said after meeting with Pelosi and briefing top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell.

At the very least, the positive tone set by Pelosi and Mnuchin represented an improvement over earlier statements. But there is still a considerable gulf between the two sides, McConnell said.

“I’ve seen substantial movement, yes, and certainly the rhetoric has changed,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said.

After initially saying the Democratic-controlled chamber would vote Wednesday night on a $2.2 trillion relief bill — a debate that would have been partisan and possibly unproductive — Pelosi made an about-face and postponed the vote until Thursday in hopes of giving the talks with Mnuchin greater breathing room.

At issue is a long-delayed package that would extend another round of $1,200 direct stimulus payments, restore bonus pandemic jobless benefits, speed aid to schools and extend assistance to airlines, restaurants and other struggling businesses. A landmark $2 trillion relief bill in March passed with sweeping support and is credited with helping the economy through the spring and summer, but worries are mounting that the recovery may sputter without additional relief.

Mnuchin said Wednesday morning that he would tender a new offer resembling a plan released a couple of weeks ago by the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. That proposal was previously rejected by Pelosi and other top Democrats as inadequate. It totals about $1.5 trillion and would provide additional jobless benefits if unemployment remains unacceptably high.

Pelosi and Mnuchin have ramped up talks in recent days but remain far apart. The two have worked effectively together in the past and were key forces on the “CARES Act” in March, but the bipartisan spirit that drove that measure into law has all but evaporated. Neither side has publicly offered the kind of concessions that would generate tangible momentum.

McConnell said the two sides remain “very, very far apart,” though he spoke before being briefed on the Mnuchin-Pelosi meeting. Aides said the two sides are not close.

Even if Pelosi and Mnuchin were able to reach a tentative agreement on “top line” spending levels, dozens of nettlesome details would need to be worked out. A particularly difficult issue, Pelosi told her colleagues earlier in the day, remains McConnell’s insistence on a liability shield for businesses fearing COVID-related lawsuits after they reopen their doors.

“Let’s see if we can get a compromise agreement with the speaker, something that works, and then we’ll continue to work with both sides on all the exact language and the policies,” Mnuchin said earlier.

Pelosi’s has sold her latest bill as an attempt to establish a negotiating position that might boost the negotiations. A more skeptical take is that the speaker is trying to placate party moderates who protested that she has been too inflexible in negotiations and played a role in the collapse of aid talks this summer and earlier this month.

It would revive a $600-per-week pandemic jobless benefit and send a second round of direct payments to most individuals. It would scale back an aid package to state and local governments to a still-huge $436 billion, send a whopping $225 billion to colleges and universities and deliver another round of subsidies to businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program. Airlines would get another $25 billion in aid to prevent a wave of layoffs that are coming this week.

The proposal represents a cutback from a $3.4 billion bill that passed the House in May but remains well above what Senate Republicans are willing to accept. Republicans have endorsed staying in the $650 billion to $1 trillion range.

The specific numbers are also fuzzy because both sides are using offset spending cuts or new tax revenues to pay for part of their respective bills. The Congressional Budget Office has not scored either the most recent Senate GOP measure or the Democratic plan slated for Wednesday night’s vote.

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Police name 2 who died in shooting, 6 with gunshot injuries

WATERLOO — Police have released the names of the two people who died in an early Saturday morning shooting at a private club, as well as the names of six others who were treated for gunshot wounds.

According to Waterloo Police, the two who died were Da’Curious (Dacarious) T. Burkett, 22, of Waterloo, and Takeya M. Hogan-Camp, 28, of West Des Moines.

Police also named six others who they say sought treatment at hospitals for gunshot-related injuries:

  • Jayvon R. Sanford, 28, of Waterloo, was treated for a gunshot injury to the leg.
  • Raymond Lindsey 22, of Waterloo, was treated for a gunshot injury to the leg.
  • Shontavis D. Keller, 31, of Waterloo, was treated for a gunshot injury to the leg.
  • Davon T. Biddle, 21, of Waterloo, was treated for a gunshot wound to the hand.
  • Natiria U. Whitaker, 28, of Waterloo, was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.
  • Daquaylan L. Smith, 24, of Rock Island, Ill., was treated for a gunshot wound to the ankle.

Police say at least 12 people were injured in the melee, some of whom were trampled or cut by broken glass while trying frantically to escape the club.

“We ask that you continue to keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers,” police said in the Wednesday morning release.

The shooting happened at a private club at 501 W. Fourth St. around 3:15 a.m. Saturday.

Police said the building, a former bar, was being used by a motorcycle club as an unauthorized night club. Authorities estimated about 100 people were at the establishment when gunfire erupted inside following a confrontation.

A witness inside told The Courier two gunmen came in targeting a specific individual, and then others returned fire. Several people were caught in the crossfire and unable to exit, as the shooters entered through the building’s only unlocked door.

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest or arrests in the shooting. Officials urged people to come forward with information about the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Waterloo Police Department at (319) 291-4340, option 3/Investigations, or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at (855) 300-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be left at Tips may also be sent with TipSubmit or by texting the word CEDAR plus the information to CRIMES (274637).