Humboldt Woman Charged in Chilling Animal Neglect Case

Humboldt, Iowa — A Humboldt woman was charged with animal neglect and failure to dispose of animal remains, following an investigation by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.

According to local law enforcement Kristina Rake of Humboldt was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Animal Neglect Causing Death or Serious Injury and 2 counts of Failure to Dispose Animal Remains.

Rake pleaded guilty to both counts of Animal Neglect and was sentenced to 5 days in jail.

The remaining charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

This is one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen. These poor dogs were starved to death and the evidence shows they suffered greatly. This case is a prime example of why we need stricter laws” said Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

A necropsy was performed and bone marrow samples from each dog were sent to the Michigan State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for testing to confirm cause of death.

Normal fat content in dog bone marrow averages 59.4%. The two dogs found in Humboldt had fat content at 4.2% and 0.5%.