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Drakesville Man Pleads Not Guilty In Animal Cruelty Case

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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.