- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A dispute between a north Iowa animal shelter and a dog owner is heading to court.

A hearing has been scheduled on Oct. 7 to determine ownership of the 9-month-old shepherd mix named Jade.

Justin Deppe of Jewell adopted the dog in April from Patriots for Pets Rescue and Shelter in Clear Lake. The dog was reclaimed from his ex-wife on Sunday by shelter coordinator Deb Kern, who accused Deppe of violating his adoption contract by failing to maintain ownership of Jade.

A judge on Monday ordered Kern to return the dog, but she refused and was sent to jail for contempt, the Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1UVIU5r ) reported. Kern remained in jail for about 90 minutes while the dog was returned to Deppe.

Kern claims that Jade acts as if she’s been mistreated, but shows no physical signs of abuse. Deppe denies mistreating the dog and argues that she was removed from his care without his consent.

“During the entire time she was in my care, including right now, she’s never been abused,” Deppe said Tuesday morning. “She’s never been left alone. She’s spoiled. She’s my kids’ dog. She’s a family pet…. Thankfully, she’s back in the family that loves her.”

The policeman who returned the dog to Deppe didn’t notice any signs of mistreatment, according to Cerro Gordo County Chief Deputy Dave Hepperly.

“(The deputy) didn’t have any reason to believe that the dog was abused or suffering when they turned it back over to the owner,” he said.

Kern said she doesn’t regret defying the judge’s order to turn over Jade and she hopes to regain custody of her at the hearing next month.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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