Iowan who dumped dead dogs found with more dogs


January 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman convicted of dumping 23 dead or dying dogs in a south-central Nebraska cornfield in 2008 has been found with more dogs during a probation compliance check. The Monona County Sheriff’s Office says deputies checking up on Denise Withee, of Mapleton, on Thursday found 13 dogs at the home she shares with her mother — a violation of Withee’s Nebraska probation. Deputies cited Withee and her mother on suspicion of animal cruelty. Withee said during her Nebraska animal cruelty trial that she was taking the dogs to someone in Nebraska when she became sick, pulled over and passed out. She said that when she awoke, most of the dogs were dead from the heat. She said she panicked and dumped them. Withee could not be reached for comment.