The settlement reached this week regarding the animals seized from the Vinton home of Marshall and Barbara Galkowski is “a very good outcome for the animals, the City of Vinton, and the taxpayers,” says Benton County Attorney David Thompson.

In the settlement negotiated between the Galkowskis and the Cedar Valley Humane Society (and their attorneys), the family agreed to relinquish all of the animals, including the 14 the judge originally allowed them to keep. The Humane Society agreed to waive all fees, leaving just a $4,000 bill from the Edgewood Animal Hospital, which the family will eventually be required to pay.

Thompson said that the settlement is particularly good for taxpayers, explaining that if all of the costs of caring for the animals had been assessed, the total could have exceeded $20,000.

“The Cedar Valley Humane Society operates as a no-kill animal shelter. Therefore, all of the animals seized from the Galkowski residence will be adopted out of its facility – none will be euthanized. The organization is beginning the process of preparing the animals to be placed up for adoption, which is set to begin within the next week. The Cedar Valley Humane Society is very much looking forward to placing each of these animals into permanent, loving, and caring homes,” says Preston Moore of the CVHS.

Wildthunder Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation and Sanctuary has been working with the Humane Society. Both organizations have received a total of several thousands of dollars in donations of cash and items to help care for the hundreds of animals seized in Vinton.

See the complete agreement here: 75070