Alton man faces neglect charge in death of 700 hogs

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Keaven Faber of Alton, Iowa, was arrested Friday by the Sioux County Sheriff's Department on a charge of animal neglect. More than 700 hogs died in a Hospers, Iowa, confinement managed by Faber.

HOSPERS, IOWA — An Alton man was arrested Friday after about 700 hogs were found dead in a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) near the northwest Iowa town of Hospers.

Keaven Faber, 24, is charged with animal neglect-death or serious injury, a serious misdemeanor under the Iowa Code.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office received a report in mid-December claiming numerous feeder pigs had died at Faber’s hog confinement. An investigation by deputies discovered approximately 700 pigs had perished, allegedly due to neglect and lack of proper care.

Faber was arrested Jan. 20 and posted bond Jan. 22.

“Sioux County, where this shameful neglect took place, has 575 large livestock confinements, mostly hogs but a significant number of confined cattle and feedlots,” according to Stacy Hartmann of Minburn, director of Dallas County Farmers and Neighbors, an organization opposing livestock confinements. “There are about 20 chicken confinements as well and also some sheep. These are just the CAFOs large enough to make the DNR database, the ones with more than 500 animal units. Who knows how many smaller CAFOs there are in the county? Given the staggering number of CAFOs, the millions of animals they contain and the rural context, it is surprising this fellow was found out. One wonders how often these sorts of incidents occur.”

Faber is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 9 before Iowa District Court Associate Judge Robert J. Dull. Conviction on a charge of animal neglect carries a sentence of up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,875.

More than 575 livestock confinements operate in Sioux County, according to records of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
More than 575 livestock confinements operate in Sioux County, according to records of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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