DeWitt man pleads guilty to animal neglect

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — A DeWitt man has been granted a deferred judgment and ordered to pay more than $500 in penalties and fees after pleading guilty to animal neglect for allowing one of his dogs to starve to death.

The Clinton Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1h16juy) that 32-year-old Jacob Maxwell was charged after his estranged wife found one of the family dogs dead and the other severely malnourished in February.

Authorities say Maxwell and his wife separated in early 2012, and she moved to Delmar, leaving the dogs with her husband and two teenage children in Clinton.

Police say in January 2013, Maxwell moved his family to DeWitt, abandoning the dogs in the Clinton house.

Maxwell said he left extra water and food. But a vet said the dogs had been starved.

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Information from: Clinton Herald, http://www.clintonherald.com

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