Western Iowa man pleads not guilty to animal neglect
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A man who operated a western Iowa kennel and training facility where dog carcasses and dozens of malnourished dogs and puppies were found has pleaded not guilty.
Pottawattamie County records say 35-year-old Dustin Young entered the written pleas Monday to four counts of serious misdemeanor animal neglect resulting in death. His trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 18. He also remains charged with 36 simple misdemeanor counts of animal neglect.
The dogs and carcasses were discovered in May at Young Gunz Kennel, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) southeast of Hancock.
Officials said the inside of the business was covered in animal urine and feces, and there was no food or water for the dogs.