Justice for 150 Samoyeds Freed from Alleged Puppy Mill

Target: Jeffrey H. Greve, District Attorney for Worth County, Iowa

Goal: Punish woman who allegedly kept over 150 dogs in horrid conditions.

Over 150 dogs, nearly all of them Samoyeds, were seized from an Iowa woman’s property. Officials report that the dogs were found in filthy kennels that did not provide even minimal protection from the environment, and it has also been reported that the poor animals had no access to clean water. Police said the Samoyeds lived in their own feces in kennels that gave off the toxic scent of ammonia. The dogs were removed from the property after a search warrant was filed for suspected animal abuse and neglect.

Barbara Kavars, the property owner, has not been yet been charged with any crime, but the ASPCA is in the process of filing a complaint. Kavars claims that White Fire Kennels, the organization through which she claims to own the animals, is not a puppy mill and that the care she provided for the Samoyeds was in line with state standards. In a chilling court document, Kavars claims that “overcrowding of kennels is not a basis for animal neglect.” She is currently petitioning the state of Iowa to allow her access to 13 dogs and cats removed from her property on the grounds that these particular animals were not neglected.

Please sign this petition to demand that the state of Iowa fully investigate this case of alleged animal neglect and prosecute all suspects to the fullest extent of the law.


Dear Mr. Greve,

Barbara Kavars, the owner of White Fire Kennels, allegedly operated a puppy mill in which she kept over 150 Samoyed dogs in filthy and overcrowded conditions. The animals, 154 in total, were seized from her property last month in response to a search warrant. Officials report the dogs had minimal protection from the environment in their kennels and had no access to clean water.

Kavars claims no wrongdoing and no charges have been officially filed. According to Kavars, the “overcrowding of kennels is not a basis for animal neglect.” On these grounds, Kavars claims that White Fire Kennels is not a puppy mill. She is also petitioning the state to return 13 animals, some dogs and cats, that she claims were not neglected along with the rest of the freed Samoyeds. The ASPCA is nursing the neglected dogs back to health and currently filing a complaint to bring charges against Ms. Kavars.

Please bring charges against and fully investigate Barbara Kavars before she can take possession of animals she may have mistreated. I demand that you prosecute this case of alleged animal neglect to the fullest extent of the law.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Aleen


  1. Beth M Nordmeyer says:

    Iowa has a tremendous puppy mill problem and Representative Steve King supports this cruelty!

  2. Barton Dixon says:

    Iowa is a very cruel state, as regards its treatment of animals. Iowa House Representative Steve King is always supporting legislation that hides the realities of animal abuse that goes on in its agriculture industry beyond the public’s eyes. That includes puppy mills. If Iowa wasn’t hiding animal cruelty, I would think they would be happy to let the public see all that goes on in their agriculture industry. Instead they take every political step they can to hide from it from public view knowing that it is cruel and horrid. With that being said, I would urge people to consider the following quotes: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein

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