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Terre Haute Couple Arrested on Animal Neglect Charges

(photo courtesy Indiana State Police)

Indiana State Police arrested a Terre Haute couple Thursday on allegations of animal neglect.

State Police say the investigation began June 2 when they received a tip about possible animal neglect at a home in Coal City, located in Owen County.  Acting on a search warrant, investigators found 35 rabbits and two guinea pigs living in "squalid" conditions inside an abandoned house trailer and an outdoor tarp roofed structure.

Investigators say there was an extreme smell of urine and, at times, five to six inches of feces covered the cage floors.  A small number of rabbits may have died before State Police received the initial tip.

43-year-old Jimmy Joe Ornduff and 41-year-old Stacy Lynn Ornduff were arrested in misdemeanor charges of animal neglect.  Both were taken to the Vigo County Jail.

The animals were placed in the custody of Helping Pawz Animal Rescue and Outreach, pending the judicial process.

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