Who, age What Where When Last known address
Andrew J. Vaske, 28 neglecting cattle - 29 seized, others found dead, dogs found without vaccinations

Remsen, IA

Plymouth County

March 13, 2009  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
Misdemeanor improper disposal of dead animals, lack of vaccinations 15 cows, 13 calves, 1 bull, 2 coon hounds, 2 terrier Convicted 3/30/09

A man charged with neglecting his cattle turned himself in to the sheriff after 29 of his livestock were confiscated.

Andrew Vaske, 28, of rural Remsen, faced the charge after the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office investigated complaints of neglected cows and calves on the Vaske farm about two miles southwest of Remsen.

A veterinarian recently examined the livestock and recommended removing the animals immediately, the sheriff's report stated.

The sheriff's office directed the removal of 15 cows from property at 18507 Polk Ave. and seized 13 calves and a bull from a second property at 14563 190th Street.  Dead animals were found at both locations.

Vaske turned himself in to the sheriff's office, where he was charged with one count of animal neglect, a simple misdemeanor, and booked into the Plymouth County Jail. Vaske was soon released.

The investigation by the sheriff's office and Plymouth County Attorney's Office is ongoing.

Additional charges are likely, according to the sheriff's report.

The living animals are in poor condition and being cared for at an undisclosed location, under the sheriff's supervision, according to the sheriff's report.

The investigation is related to an earlier situation presented to the Plymouth County Supervisors.

Neighbors complained about straying livestock from property owned by Aloysius Vaske Jr. and Susan Vaske, parents of Andrew Vaske, who owns the livestock and leases the property from them.

The neighbors presented the issue last year, then again this month, and the supervisors declared a habitual trespass to property owners.

Update 3/28/09:  Vaske faces six additional charges from the incident.

Vaske will face two counts of failure to dispose of a dead animal and four counts of failing to vaccinate his dogs.

He's expected to be in court to face the charges on April 6.

Vaske already faced one count of animal neglect after police seized 29 cattle from two of his farms, saying the animals were in bad condition. They also reported finding dead cattle at the 190th Street and Polk Avenue properties.

The new charges involve disposal of dead animals at both properties and failure to vaccinate two coonhounds and two terriers.  All charges are misdemeanors.

Update 3/30/09:  Vaske was slated for a plea taking today regarding his animal neglect charge.

The sheriff's office directed the removal of 15 cows from property at 18507 Polk Ave. and seized 13 calves and a bull from a second property at 14563 190th Street.  Dead animals were found at both locations.

Vaske pleaded guilty to animal neglect and six other animal-related charges.

The judge sentenced Vaske to seven days in jail plus $750 in fines at the plea taking in Plymouth County District Court.

The sentence of seven days in jail applies to the animal neglect charge, and the $750 in fines applies to the other charges.

Reference:

Le Mars Daily Sentinel

Sioux City Journal