Western IA woman pleads not guilty to animal neglect


February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sac County woman has pleaded not guilty to 93 counts of animal neglect.  Sioux City television station KTIV reports that Mary Brodersen entered the plea during her initial appearance in court on Friday.

The charges stem from the rescue of 87 dogs and one cat from a farm in rural Kiron. The carcasses of five dead animals were found when officials searched the farm on Jan. 25th. 
Authorities say the dogs were kept in a wooden shack, up to five in 4-by-4 wire cages, which were stacked on top of each other.
Brodersen faces a maximum of 12 years in prison if convicted of all the charges. She has relinquished ownership of the animals, which have been turned over to various shelters.