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Criminal charges filed in Vinton animal rescue case

Court filings show Barbara Galkowski and Marshall Galkowski were charged with four counts of animal neglect and three counts of child endangerment on Tuesday. (Vinton County Jail)

The owners of a home where hundreds of animals were rescued from dire living conditions are now facing criminal charges.

Court filings show Barbara Galkowski and Marshall Galkowski were charged with four counts of animal neglect and three counts of child endangerment on Tuesday.

On Jan. 16, up to 1,000 animals were rescued from a home in Vinton. Several of the animals were dead inside the home, with other animals living among the carcasses and rotting food.

Vinton Police told CBS2/FOX28 News four children lived in the home when it was searched.

Last month, the couple reached a civil settlement that involved permanently releasing custody of the animals to Cedar Valley Humane Society. IN exchange, CVHS waived all fees associated with the seizure and care of the animals.

Cedar Valley Humane Society spokesperson Preston Moore released a statement saying, "We are pleased that law enforcement was able to pursue criminal charges against the Galkowskis. Anyone who watched these events unfold over the past two months could plainly see that neglect had taken place, and we are glad that justice will be served for these animals. The animals taken from the Galkowski home are now thriving and finding new homes"

Several animals are still in the adoption process. More more information on how to adopt one, click here.

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