AMES, Iowa (AP) - Police say 20 animals were seized from the home of an Ames woman accused of trying to perform surgery a puppy in her living room, which resulted in the dog's death. The Des Moines Register reports that following a search Friday of 26-year-old McMenanim's home, officials seized three dogs, two cats, six guinea pigs, five rabbits, two salamanders and two geckos. Officials say the animals' cages and aquariums were covered in feces and urine.
GALVA, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say a mountain lion has been killed in northwestern Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says one of its officers killed the 88-pound female cougar Tuesday after it climbed into a tree on a farm near Galva. DNR biologist Vince Evelsizer says the cougar had been treed by dogs near the farmer's house, and the owner called 911.
VERSAILLES, Mo. (AP) - A state trooper charged with involuntary manslaughter after an Iowa man drowned while handcuffed at a Missouri lake has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor boating violation. The Kansas City Star reports that Trooper Anthony Piercy pleaded guilty Tuesday to negligent operation of a vessel in the death of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson in May 2014. While riding in a boat driven by Piercy, Ellingson fell into the lake while wearing handcuffs and an improperly secured life vest.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak have exhausted their appeals and a federal judge has ordered them to begin serving prison sentences. Peter DeCoster, 53, must report to the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, South Dakota after July 30 and his 83-year-old father Austin "Jack" DeCoster must serve his three-month term at the Federal Correctional Institution in Berlin, New Hampshire, 30 days after Peter is released.
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