The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

April 1, 2011

More charges filed in abuse case

Several dogs remain in possession of woman accused of animal cruelty

OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa woman charged with animal cruelty is still in possession of several dogs, though authorities hope the animals can be legally seized.

Despite a total of 12 charges against Noelle Stanbridge, police aren’t able to seize her animals, said Ottumwa Police Chief Jim Clark.

Police charged Stanbridge, 41, with animal cruelty Tuesday afternoon after a video of her hitting a dog was turned over to authorities. She was also charged Wednesday with operating as a dealer without a license, seven counts of failure to license a dog and three counts of failure to vaccinate a dog. All of the charges are considered simple misdemeanors.

The video, given to police by a citizen, shows Stanbridge beating a dog with a club, hitting it at least 15 times. It appeared the incident started because the dog was digging in the yard, according to police.

Stanbridge, who considers herself an animal activist, was released from the Wapello County Jail after posting a $325 bond.

When authorities served the first search warrant Tuesday, a local veterinarian was on hand to check all of the animals for injuries, Clark said. The veterinarian determined that there was no imminent danger to the animals, so they were allowed to stay in Stanbridge’s possession. A total of 10 dogs were found on her property.

“It’s not our decision because there’s no imminent danger,” Clark said.

“We took a vet with us, and the vet checked all of the animals. They were not injured and appeared to be healthy, and we cannot just arbitrarily seize someone’s property regardless of how appalling a video may be,” Clark said.

Only a judge can determine whether the animals should be permanently taken from Stanbridge. If a judge decides to seize the dogs, they would be turned over to the city and adopted out, Clark said.

The investigation continues and additional charges are pending, Clark said. A woman from Virginia contacted the Ottumwa police this week reporting that she had paid Stanbridge for an animal and was scheduled to meet in Indiana to pick it up. She claimed Stanbridge didn’t follow through, Clark said.

Stanbridge’s pretrial hearing is set for 8:45 a.m. April 21 at the Wapello County Courthouse. She told the Courier on Thursday she could not discuss the case on the advice of her attorney.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 0801 OTT Five Things logo -L T Five things to do in southeast Iowa OTTUMWA — Celebrate summer in a variety of ways and in several communities this weekend. Many towns are holding festivals, shows and events all centered around the summer theme, so head out while it's warm. 1. "Summer Shorts" is the Davis County Play

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT Aviation plane -T -M Flying free OTTUMWA — The financial obstacle may have been removed if your career goal starts with learning to fly. "We have it set up for three terms, about nine months," said pilot and chief flight instructor Darren Graham at Indian Hills Community College. "

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supervisors discuss pipeline potential KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisors received preliminary, general information on a new pipeline being proposed to carry oil from North Dakota through Iowa, including Van Buren County, then crossing into Illinois. The proposed Bakken Pipeline wou

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairfield stabbing suspects' trials separated FAIRFIELD — The three people accused of dragging a man into a Fairfield apartment before robbing and stabbing him have had a judge grant their requests to separate their trials. Dawn Dunn, Dustin Roll and Brett Hedblade are each charged with willful

    July 30, 2014

  • Local business donates grain rescue tube KEOSAUQUA — Stockport Elevator, owned by Roquette America, donated a grain rescue tube to Birmingham and Stockport Fire Departments. A training session was conducted Monday, led by Dale Ekdahl, a representative of Outstate Data, LLC, the device’s man

    July 30, 2014

  • Where do my taxes go? OTTUMWA — Wapello County Board certified its tax levy. But what does that mean? Based on budgets submitted by various levying authors, the Wapello County Auditor prepares and certifies the levy rates for the county. Budgets for each levy are based on

    July 30, 2014

  • OCSD releases elementary supplies list

    OTTUMWA — For years, parents of the students in Ottumwa's elementary schools have had to check to make sure the school supplies list they grabbed was the right one for their school. No more.

    July 30, 2014

  • Reducing runoff at the local level AGENCY — Pollution isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you look out at a field of Iowa corn or soybeans, but there’s growing concern about what manages to get out of the fields and into the water. The same nutrients that benefit the crops c

    July 30, 2014

  • Supervisors wrestle with staffing woes KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisor Chairman Bob Waugh says he wants county supervisors to help alleviate staffing problems within the county treasurer’s office. In May, supervisors opted not to replace a vacancy within the treasurer’s office. Va

    July 30, 2014

  • 0730 OTT Better Buildings -T -M Wildwood could be your home OTTUMWA — There was always one child per class who just adored school. If they went to Wildwood, they may soon be able to move in permanently. The Ottumwa board of education met Monday, where staff told them where the district stood as far as "facili

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook