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February 21, 2014

Animals seized amid carcasses

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So far, the media saw or was told about one Guinea fowl, a dog, about a dozen mice, two sugar gliders, a rooster, a baby lamb, one ferret, two skunks, a full-grown turkey, multiple pot-bellied pigs, two turtles, a raccoon, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs, a few birds and one kitten.

"I don't know why anybody would want to have this many animals," said Josh Colvin, operations director for the Animal Rescue league of Iowa. "I'm looking at this as a hoarding situation."

He said inside the house, it appeared someone was a collector of various "things." He got the sense that the animals were just another aspect of the collecting.

"This didn't develop overnight," Colvin said as an officer behind him carried a dead baby lamb from the house to the lawn.

One of the humane society representatives said the odor in the house was awful. There were living animals laying on top of dead animals just to have room to lay down.

"It was bad," Smith said. "Really bad."

— News reporter Mark Newman is on Twitter @couriermark

 

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