A Dawson couple was ticketed New Year’s Eve in connection with the starvation deaths in November of three dogs in their care.
Jason Krull, 35, of 308 E. Third St. in Dawson and Bonnie Kay Mundt Krull, 32, of 308 E. Third St., Dawson, were each issued citations for animal neglect-no death or serious injury.
Mundt Krull reported her discover of the dead dogs to the Dallas County Sheriff’s office on the morning of Nov. 19.
An investigation ensued by the Dallas County Sheriff’s office, and the dogs — a husky, a pit bull and an Australian shepherd-beagle mix — were found to be “extremely skinny, and none of them had access to clean water,” according to court records.
Dr. Michael Rahe, clinical assistant professor in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State University, performed an autopsy on the Australian shepherd.
According to court records, “The autopsy showed the dog was in emaciated body condition score of 1 out of 9,” and the “dog’s likely cause of death was determined to be from bleeding ulcers caused by the dog ingesting plastic shards.”
Rahe “commented on the lack of fat” on the Australian shepherd he examined in the lab and on the pit bull he saw in a photograph. The sheriff’s investigation similarly “determined that the husky was in its current state due to lack of sufficient quantity of food,” according to court records.
The Krulls are scheduled to appear Jan. 28 in Dallas County District Court.
Dawson was the scene in March 2019 of the discovery of two dogs that had been shot, stuffed in trash bags and thrown in the Raccoon River. That case remains unsolved.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.