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Law enforcement rescue malnourished horses from Iowa farm

ARLINGTON, IA – An Iowa law enforcement acted on a tip from a concerned citizen and rescued several malnourished horses from a farm, and charges penning against the land owners.

On October 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant at 5965 I Avenue in Arlington, Iowa. The property is owned by Duane John Landis age 49 and Margaret Ann Landis age 48. Both persons live on the property where the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a tip of possible animal neglect at the residence.

Acting on the tip, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted an investigation which resulted in a search warrant being attained. Deputies searched the property with the assistance of a local veterinarian. Deputies found five horses that were very thin and malnourished. Four of the Horses were owned by the property owner’s and the other one was owned by a family member that does not reside on the property. Duane and Margaret Landis voluntarily gave up custody and control of the four horses and they have been removed from the property and are now in the care of volunteers and the fifth horse will be removed from the property and returned to the custody and control and care of its owner. Deputies also found animal carcasses on the property.

The investigation continues at this time, and charges of animal neglect and failure to dispose of animal carcasses are pending against Duane and Margaret Landis.

The farm where the horses were discovered
The farm where the horses were discovered
One of the horses
One of the horses
One of the horses
One of the horses

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