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Woman charged with animal abuse pleads not guilty


The attorney for a woman facing dozens of animal abuse charges has filed a not guilty plea for her.

According to Iowa Courts Online, Tony Krukow filed a written not guilty plea on behalf of Jennifer Leslie Wood in regards to five charges she faces in Iowa County.

Wood, 36, is facing four counts of Duty to Dispose of Dead Animal Bodies and one count of Animal Cruelty 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 voluntarily turned over seven dogs on that property to Safe Haven and two horses owned by Wood have been 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.

Wood was charged with 35 counts of abuse of animals and two counts of unhealthy or unsanitary conditions.  Those charges do not currently appear on Iowa Courts Online.

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.

An arrest warrant was issued for Wood after she failed to show up for a March 8 court appearance.

Iowa County Sheriff Robert Rotter says there has been no sign of Wood and several people have told his department that she left the state.

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