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Northern Iowa woman jailed after over 1000 pigs die from lack of food and water

Over 1000 pigs dead with no access to feed or water

SAC COUNTY, IOWA – A Northern Iowa woman jailed after over 1000 pigs die from lack of food and water

Sheriff’s officials arrested 33-year-old Elana May Laber of rural Early, Iowa on Thursday June 30, 2022. Laber was charged with two-counts of criminal mischief 1st degree and two-counts of livestock neglect after law enforcement responded to two separate hog confinement sites located approximately one-half mile apart from each other in the 2400 mile of Otter Ave on June 30th, after receiving a report that over 1000 dead pigs were discovered between the two confinement sites.

During the investigation, law enforcement interviewed Elana Laber who is employed to maintain both sites. Laber first told law enforcement that someone had shut off the breakers that control the electricity the night before causing the death of the pigs.

It was determined after a veterinarian inspection that the pigs had been dead for at least a week. Laber later told law enforcement that she knew the pigs had been dead for a week but did not know what to do. The pigs were in different stages of decomposition. They had no access to feed or water.

The pigs are owned by Corey AGR Inc., from Lytton, Iowa. The estimated loss is more than one hundred fifty thousand dollars. Elana Laber is currently in the Sac County Jail on a $22,000.00 cash bond.

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