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NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus A truck carrying dog cages leaves the property of Daniel Labounty in rural Arlington late Friday afternoon. Officials at the scene declined to comment to the NewsTribune, citing “an ongoing investigation.”
ARLINGTON — A group of beagles at a currently unoccupied farm in Arlington have been recovered by Bureau County authorities.
Late Friday afternoon Bureau County Animal Control officials captured approximately 21 beagles from the property of Dan Labounty, 67, of rural Arlington. The animals have been taken to a county-controlled facility. The county also has taken over the care of Labounty's 7 horses.
An animal control officer at the scene who would not identify himself said the removal of the animals was part of an ongoing investigation; therefore, he would not comment.
Labounty, in an interview with the NewsTribune, claimed he had people taking care of the animals while he was receiving medical treatment after recently suffering his second stroke. Labounty currently is residing in a nursing home in Peru.
“Sure, a couple of them have tear drop eyes but that’s because they jump all over each other when they’re pups,” he said.
Labounty said on Thursday he signed what appeared to be legal papers but he did not think that would give anyone authorization to seize his animals.
“A guy had me sign something but I couldn’t see what I was signing,” he said.
Labounty said he would seek legal counsel in the matter.
Illinois Valley Animal Rescue executive director Chris Ellberg and others involved with the organization waited near the property for hours Friday in an effort to take and house the dogs, if needed.
Ellberg said she was told by an animal control officer that the animals needed to stay in Bureau County under the care of the animal control while the investigation is ongoing.
“We had everything all set up for them but that’s OK,” Ellberg said. “I’m just glad they have a nice place to stay and something to eat.”
Kevin Caufield can be reached at (815) 220-6932 or email@example.com.