Two charged as hundreds of animals removed from Lee County home

An Iowa animal rescue organization removed hundreds of animals living in crammed, filthy conditions from a rural Lee County property in recent weeks.

In February, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa helped law enforcement remove 42 dogs and puppies packed into wire crates and living in their own waste, according to a news release from the organization. A medical team began caring for the dogs, who were thin and had rotting teeth and fleas.

The organization also found two small cages with 41 hamsters living on top of each other with dead hamsters and feces. Two of the living hamsters had to be euthanized due to severe injuries. The rest of the hamsters were cleaned and made safe, according to the release.

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Animal Rescue League later announced that the organization helped remove 225 more animals this week from the southeast Iowa home: dogs, barn animals, reptiles and other small animals, again living in “horrendous” conditions.

Nearly 40 more dogs and puppies were found in cages inside the home. Outside, 100 barn animals—goats, donkeys, chickens, ducks, geese, peacocks, turkeys, a pig and a miniature horse—were packed together in enclosures with no food or water.

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