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Horses, Calves, Rabbits Seized From Independence Home

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INDEPENDENCE, Iowa -- Numerous animals have been seized from a Buchanan County residence.

According to a news release from the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, deputies served a search warrant at 2382 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd., a residence southeast of Independence. The residence is owned by 74-year-old James H. Hansen.

Police said they seized 15 horses, 9 calves and 23 rabbits from the residence with the help of local veterinary service officials. Officials have still not said where those animals were taken, or what condition they were in.

We visited the property Wednesday, where several remaining animals, including dogs, cats, and horses could be seen and heard. It's unclear how they are being cared for.

We also went to Hansen's living residence in Independence, but he did not come to the door. Several people who appeared to be friends or family members became hostile toward us and told us to leave. One man yelled that the matter would "be going to court."

The warrant was served as a result of an ongoing investigation into the welfare of animals kept at Hansen's residence. Police said the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against Hansen.

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