1,000 dead pigs discovered on a property, Iowa woman charged, report says

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A black and white spotted piglet.
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  • One thousand dead pigs were discovered dead on a property in Iowa.

  • A woman employed to maintain the site was arrested and charged with the deaths.

  • She told police that she had known the pigs were dead for a week but did not know what to do.

An Iowa woman has been charged after 1,000 dead pigs were found on a property, a report says.

Elana Laber, 33, was arrested after the Sac County Sheriff's Office responded to a call and found the animals dead at two confinement sites on Thursday, KCCI-TV reported.

Officials said that Laber was employed to maintain the two sites.

The sheriff's office said the pigs had been dead for at least a week and were in different stages of decomposition. The animals had no access to food or water, per KCCI-TV.

Laber initially told officials that someone had turned off the breaker that controls the electricity the night before, causing the pigs to die.

She said that she had known the pigs were dead for a week but did not know what to do, the outlet reported.

Laber has now been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of livestock neglect.

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