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3 people charged after over 50 animals removed from Storm Lake home for unsafe conditions

STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) – Three women have been charged after authorities say over 50 animals had to be removed from their home for unsafe living conditions.

Fifty-eight-year-old Juana Munoz, 28-year-old Veronica Munoz, and 22-year-old Mayra Lopez-Munoz have been charged with one count of Child Endangerment and 15 counts of Animal Neglect.

All three were booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $6,500 bond each.

On Wednesday the Storm Lake Police Department was called to 1014 Michigan St., after a citizen was concerned about a large number of dogs and cats in the residence that was creating an unsafe environment.

Police say when they entered the home, they found multiple dogs and cats inside, a large amount of feces and urine on the floor and a dangerously strong odor inside the home from the animal waste.

Police say the inside of the home was “in such a deplorable and unsafe condition” that the Storm Lake Public Safety Join Lab Response Team was called to the home to provide officers with protective clothing and gear and to help with officer decontamination.

In all, 30 dogs and 21 cats were removed from the home. The animals were taken to Lake Animal Hospital in Storm Lake for evaluation and disposition.

A 17-year-old male living in the home was removed and placed with a relative.

Blake Branch

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