WATERLOO — Three Samoyed puppies born in the wake of the raid of a so-called puppy mill in Worth County have been placed for adoption by a local shelter.

Three 10-week-old female pups — named Cannoli, Ava and Sprout — were “looking for a home that has the time, patience and experience to teach them potty training and overall obedience,” according to officials at Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo, which posted a photo of the three puppies on their Facebook page Thursday afternoon. The puppies were born and raised in a foster home.

Applications for adoption were accepted through Friday at 11 a.m. Each pup’s adoption fee is $450.

They’ve all been de-wormed, are up to date on vaccinations and micro-chipped, officials said. They will be spayed prior to going home with their new families Wednesday.

They were looking for families that had previous experience with Samoyeds as the breed has exercise and grooming requirements. The post noted they’ve seen an “overwhelming amount of interest” in the puppies.

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The pups are from a mother that was taken by the Worth County Sheriff’s Office and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in November.

Officials say Barbara Kavars, 65, of Manly, had 154 animals seized on her property, the majority of them Samoyed dogs.

For more information on puppies up for adoption, visit Cedar Bend’s website here: https://www.cedarbendhumane.org/

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Staff writer at The Courier 2005 (college intern), 2007-2012, 2015-present. Graduate of UNI 2006. Three-time Iowa APME award winner (investigative reporting 2008, lifestyle feature 2016, business feature 2018)

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