- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014

DRAKESVILLE, Iowa (AP) - An auction at the southeast Iowa home where authorities rescued more than 300 animals attracted a large crowd, but rain cut the event short.

The Ottumwa Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1jd7LtA ) about 150 people attended the auction to bid on animal equipment and antiques collected by 45-year-old Roger Blew before he was charged with animal neglect.

Blew, who is free on bail, helped the auction Saturday by providing details about each item before it went up for sale.

Authorities found about 20 animals in a van and then discovered more than 300 animals in his Drakesville home in February.

Auctioner Rusty Admire says he’s planning a second sale next Saturday because there are enough quality items left that didn’t get sold before rain shortened the first auction.

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Information from: The Ottumwa Courier, https://www.ottumwacourier.com

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