Several Storm Lake Residents Arrested On Child Endangerment & Animal Neglect Charges

Thu 5-16-2019

(Storm Lake)-- Three people face child endangerment and animal neglect charges after Storm Lake Police yesterday (Wednesday) investigated a report of a large number of dogs and cats at 1014 Michigan Street, causing an unsafe environment.

Officers allege they saw multiple dogs and cats and a large amount of feces and urine on the floor of the residence. Police also detected a dangerously strong odor from the animal waste. Police evacuated the occupants and took them into custody pending an investigation.

Police allege they found the inside of the residence in such deplorable and unsafe conditions that the Public Safety Joint Lab Response Team was dispatched to the residence in order provide officers with appropriate personal protective clothing and gear and assist with officer decontamination.

Police and fire fighters removed 30 dogs and 21 cats from the house. All were taken to Lake Animal Hospital in Storm Lake for evaluation and disposition.

Last (Wednesday) evening, police charged 58-year-old Juana Munoz, 28-year-old Veronica Munoz, and 22-year-old Myra Lopez-Munoz, all of Storm Lake with one count of child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor... and 15 counts of animal neglect, a simple misdemeanor. All three were booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a 65-hundred dollars bond each. A 17-year-old juvenile male who was removed from the home was placed with a relative.

The City of Storm Lake Building Official’s Office was requested at the scene to address the interior conditions of the home and to pursue red tagging the home until living conditions have been corrected. A report was also filed with the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Police assisted by the Storm Lake Fire Department, the Storm Lake Public Safety Joint Lab Response Team, and the City of Storm Lake Building Official’s Office.

(Courtesy Community First Broadcasting station KAYL in Storm Lake).