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UPDATE: Cedar Rapids woman appears in Colorado court

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Jennifer Leslie Wood - Courtesy Larimer County Colorado Sheriff Jennifer Leslie Wood - Courtesy Larimer County Colorado Sheriff

A Cedar Rapids woman facing dozens of animal abuse charges in Linn and Iowa Counties appeared in a Colorado court room on Friday.

Jennifer Leslie Wood, 36, was arrested March 24 in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado on a fugitive of justice warrant from Iowa.  She was able to pay her $10,000 bond through a bail bondsman and was released on March 26. 

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says that during her appearance, Wood was advised of the charge against her and the case was continued to April 12 at 8:30 a.m. Colorado time.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Wood after she failed to show up for a March 8 court appearance in Iowa County.

According to Iowa Courts Online, Wood's attorney, Tony Krukow, filed a written not guilty plea on her behalf Monday in regards to the five charges she faces in Iowa County.

Wood 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.

Authorities in Linn and Iowa Counties are hopeful that the Colorado judge will extradite Wood back to Iowa, but both say misdemeanor charges are not usually strong enough to allow extradition.

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