Lee County couple face animal neglect charges

ARGYLE, Iowa (KWQC) — A rural Lee County couple are facing charges after police say they found multiple animals on their property as part of an animal neglect investigation.

On February 22, the Lee County Criminal Investigation Division raided the home of David and Gina Sams in the 1800 block of 340th Street in rural Argyle.

According to a press release:

Several types of animals have been located and their well-being has been verified by a veterinarian. The Sams were told to clean and organize the property and to begin reducing the number of animals on the property to ensure they were kept safe and humane.

A follow-up search was carried out on Tuesday to ensure animal welfare on the property was being looked after legally, as discussed with the Sams.

Both were arrested and charged with seven counts of animal neglect.

The remaining animals were handed over and turned over to the Animal League of Iowa. Animals include dogs, cats, goats, horses, donkeys, ducks, chickens, geese, peacocks, turkeys, rabbits, pigs, hedgehogs, lizards and chinchillas, depending on the communicated.

Agencies that participated in the investigation included Lee County’s PAW Animal Shelter, Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Keokuk Animal Services, and Lee County District Attorney’s Offices.

No other information was released on Tuesday.

“Please respect that these types of cases continue to occur in Iowa and that is why I have respectfully requested the Lee County Board of Supervisors to enact an ordinance to assist in the enforcement of laws relating to the animal care and to deter future offences. like these are happening in our county,” Sheriff Stacy Weber said in the statement.

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