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Colorado judge tells Jennifer Wood to turn herself in to Iowa authorities


A Colorado judge has given a Cedar Rapids woman facing dozens of animal abuse charges permission to return to Iowa and turn herself in.

Jennifer Leslie Wood, 36, appeared in a Larimer County, Colorado courtroom Tuesday with her attorney.

Wood 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.

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 court records, Wood's attorney, Tony Krukow, filed a written not guilty plea on her behalf 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 in online court records.

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.

A hearing has been scheduled for May 20, in Colorado to verify that she has turned herself in to Iowa authorities.

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