Charges filed after puppies stolen from NEIA zoo

Authorities in Fayette County have filed charges against five people alleged to have stolen puppies from a local nature center.

Two puppies that were briefly missing from the Gilbertson Nature Center in Elgin, Iowa (Courtesy: Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

On Wednesday, August 7, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report from the Gilbertson Nature Center in Elgin of a break-in and two puppies missing from their petting zoo. Within two days, officials were able to recover the puppies and returned them to the center.

31 year old Michelle Teel of Hawkeye, 18 year old James Degrief of Wadena, and three juveniles have been charged with third-degree burglary.


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