Hundreds of Animals Found Living in Vinton Home

Authorities have seized hundreds of animals from a home in Vinton.

Officials executed a search warrant Tuesday morning at the house and garage. The animals found included rabbits, rats, mice, hedgehogs, turtles, birds, guinea pigs, gerbils and a hall python. Several carcasses were scattered through the residence in various states of decomposition or stored in a freezer.

Volunteers from the Cedar Valley Humane Society and other rescue groups removed animals all day. Many of the animals were malnourished, dehydrated and living in overcrowded areas contaminated with fecal matter.

Four children also lived in the home with the animals.

No charges have been reported. Officials say the parents have been cooperating with state and local authorities.


(story courtesy of Associated Press)