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Charges Filed Against Woman in Warren County Animal Neglect Investigation

WARREN COUNTY, Iowa  --  One woman faces numerous charges on Saturday following an animal neglect case in Sandyville.

The ARL says Morrow was the director of a non-kill volunteer shelter called “Bully Breed Miracle Network and Rescue”.

"We see neglect in all forms, but this really hits home when we learned about this because people were giving dogs to her with that understanding that she was going to take them in and give them good homes; so when this all kind of unveiled itself it’s really tough to understand what happened" said ARL Animal Control Services Manager Josh Colvin.

Lindsay Morrow has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, second degree theft, second degree fraudulent practice, five counts of animal torture, aggravated misdemeanors (aggravated misdemeanors), five counts of animal neglect (a serious misdemeanor), and 17 counts of animal neglect (a simple misdemeanor).

Warren County police say Morrow has not yet been arrested.

Find the entire press release on the Animal Rescue League's Facebook page.

On Wednesday, officials began an investigation regarding deceased dogs found on a property at 6644 Iowa Avenue in Sandyville. Two deceased dogs were found on the property on Wednesday.

The investigation continued, and on Thursday law enforcement discovered 19 additional living dogs and one more deceased dog at two properties in Indianola.

Colvin says the 19 dogs are now in the recovery process.

Their condition includes undernourishment, urine burns and the emotional toll neglect can take.

Colvin says ARL staff are slowly introducing normal food back into the dog's diets; he says many of them sustained themselves by eating their own feces.

The ARL hopes with time the dogs will be rehabilitated and ready for adoption.