Blew pleads not guilty to charges of animal cruelty

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We have new developments in an animal abuse case that shocked the Heartland.

Roger Blew, 45, has pleaded not guilty to dozens of charges of animal neglect and cruelty.

Iowa online court records indicate he entered the plea through a written arraignment last Friday.

It was late February when law enforcement raided Blewâ??s Drakesville home.

The search revealed the home contained hundreds of dead and dying animals.

Blew was arrested and local animal rights activists scrambled to find homes for the nearly 200 surviving animals.

He was convicted of similar charges in Wapello County. It was that case that led to the search of his home.

Next up for Blew in the Davis County case is a pre-trial conference on August 1.

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