Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 22, 2014

Roughly 200 animals, dead and alive, hoarded at Iowa home

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DRAKESVILLE, Iowa —

"I don't know why anybody would want to have this many animals," said Josh Colvin, operations director for the Animal Rescue league of Iowa. "I'm looking at this as a hoarding situation."

He said inside the house, it appeared someone was a collector of various other things. He got the sense that the animals were just another aspect of the collecting.

"This didn't develop overnight," Colvin said, as an officer behind him carried a dead baby lamb from the house to the lawn.

One of the humane society representatives said the odor in the house was awful. There were living animals laying on top of dead animals just to have room to lie down.

"It was bad," said Lacey Smith, assistant manager of Ottumwa's Heartland Humane Society. "Really bad."

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