Iowa man cited for not disposing of dead goats

Published On: Mar 22 2012 09:12:06 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 22 2012 09:12:38 AM CDT

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) -- A northeast Iowa man has been charged for not disposing of dead goats found on his farm near Oelwein.

The Fayette County sheriff's office filed charges on Wednesday against 33-year-old Tracy Rupright.

He faces five simple misdemeanor counts of duty to dispose of dead bodies after a complaint about dead animals and a horrible smell. An investigation showed there were several dead goats and they had been there for some time.

Under Iowa law, a carcass has to be disposed of within 24 hours.

Officials say no animal neglect is suspected because it appears the goats died of natural causes.