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NE Iowa man charged with letting over 3,000 hogs starve to death

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Derek Smith's booking photo from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office

RANDALIA, Iowa (KWWL) - A Fayette County man is accused of letting over 3,000 hogs die on his property earlier this month because he did not feed them.

Forty-one-year-old Derek Smith turned himself in to Fayette County deputies on June 9th, after he was investigated for livestock neglect charges. A criminal complaint says Smith was found to be neglecting 3,200 feeder hogs on June 2.

Court documents say 3,000 hogs were found dead on Smith's property for a "lack of feed" and another 200 had to be killed because of the condition they were found in. His home address is listed on a farm just outside of Randalia.

Smith was reportedly working for Valley Pork LLC. Court documents say the owner of that company lives in Dubuque.

Four people are listed as witnesses of the livestock neglect: Chief Deputy James Davis, the CEO of Valley Pork, a lawyer for Valley Pork, and a veterinarian from Waverly.

KWWL tried to reach Valley Pork on Monday but was unsuccessful. KWWL also reached out to the lawyer representing Smith and did not hear back.

Livestock neglect is a serious misdemeanor in Iowa, punishable by a fine of between $430 and $2,560 and up to one year in jail.

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