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UPDATE: Hundreds of Animals Rescued in Davis County

UPDATE:

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) --
   A Drakesville man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the discovery of more than 20 animals in a van.
   The Ottumwa Courier reports 45-year-old Roger Blew entered his plea Friday in Wapello County district court. He was charged with improperly confining animals and three counts of animal cruelty after an officer responding to a complaint found the animals in the van owned by Blew.
   One animal in the van was dead, one died while police were inspecting the vehicle and another had to be euthanized.
   The animals prompted police to check Blew's home, where they found at least 100 goats, pigs, mice, turtles and other animals living inside. There were a number of dead animals on the property.
   Police are investigating who is responsible for those animals.

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EARLIER STORY:

DRAKESVILLE, Iowa (AP) -- A nonprofit animal group says it's assisting authorities in the recovery of hundreds of animals from a small southeast Iowa city.
   The Animal Rescue League of Iowa said Friday that nearly 300 living animals and more than 50 dead animals have been taken from Drakesville in Davis County. Many are barn animals and include 30 different species.
   Stephanie Filer with the rescue league tells The Des Moines Register that the situation appears to be in connection to a hoarder. Additional information was not released.
   The rescue league says on its official Facebook page that the animals are being brought to the group's main campus in Des Moines. They say the development will put a huge strain on its operations. They are seeking monetary donations.

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