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Iowa man pleads guilty to animal cruelty


NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) -- A 44-year-old Iowa man has pleaded guilty to animal neglect charges involving more than a dozen horses.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Kelly Olson of Ossian was released from the Chickasaw County jail on Tuesday after spending 108 days behind bars. Olson pleaded guilty to the serious misdemeanor charge of animal neglect causing injury or death. Four other counts were dismissed.

Authorities removed more than dozen horses near Fredericksburg. Some carcasses were already decaying. Court records show he faced similar charges in the past, including a 2006 case involving 57 horses and 12 carcasses.

County attorney Patrick Wegman said he was satisfied that Olson spent his longest stay in jail. The prosecutor said if Olson didn't learn a lesson "hopefully he'll be back in jail again."

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