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Warrant issued for woman accused of animal cruelty

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MARENGO (KWWL) -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a woman accused of animal cruelty in Iowa County.

Jennifer Leslie Wood, 36, was scheduled to appear in Iowa County court on Tuesday to face charges of Cruelty to Animals and Duty to Dispose of Dead Animal Bodies, but never showed up.

The judge issued a bench warrant, which means law enforcement has the authority to take her in to custody and bring her before the court.

Iowa County Sheriff Robert Rotter says he hopes she turns herself in and avoids further problems.

Wood was charged after authorities found what appeared to be three dead llamas and a dead pot bellied pig at a farm at 3136 S Avenue near North English.

Wood has voluntarily turned over seven dogs on that property to Safe Haven and two horses owned by Wood will be turned over to a horse rescue organization.

The animal carcasses appeared to have been on the property for at least two months.

On Feb. 17, Cedar Rapids Police seized 35 animals from a home owned by Wood at 308 30th Street Drive SE. They included 32 dogs, two cats and a parrot. Those were all taken to the Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control Center.

Earlier in February, the Iowa Department of Agriculture inspected Wood's business, Puppy Playground in Hiawatha and found it overcrowded and animals living in unsanitary conditions. The business is now closed and the animals have been turned over to authorities.

Formal charges have not been filed against Wood on that case, but Diane Webber from Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control says they filed a 15-day order to make contact against Wood on Monday.

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