STORM LAKE, Iowa (KCAU) – Police and firefighters rescued animals from poor living conditions on Friday.

The Storm Lake Police Department posted on Facebook that they rescued 50 cats and two dogs with the help of their fire department.

Officials said they received a complaint of animal cruelty on North Michigan Street. Friday around 10 a.m., authorities executed a search warrant regarding the complaint.

Once the animals were rescued, they were taken to Lake Animal Hospital. Due to the condition of some of the felines, multiple cats were euthanized.

  • Two people in yellow protective gear carrying a cage with cats rescued from a Storm Lake, Iowa, residence
  • A cage with cats rescued from a Storm Lake, Iowa, residence
  • Storm Lake officials in HAZMAT suits posing after rescuing animals from a Storm Lake, Iowa, residence.
  • Two people in yellow protective gear carrying a cage with cats rescued from a Storm Lake, Iowa, residence
  • A cage with cats rescued from a Storm Lake, Iowa, residence

Tuesday around 8 a.m., police arrested and charged three women in the case.

Juana Munoz, Mayra Lopez Munoz, Veronica Lopez Munoz
Courtesy Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office

Juana Munoz, 61, Mayra Lopez Munoz, 25, and Veronica Lopez Munoz , 31, all of Storm Lake were charged with two counts of animal neglect causing injury or death and one count of animal neglect without serious injury.

They were booked into the Woodbury County Jailed and held on a $4,300 bond.

The police reminded the public to take care of their pets because abuse is illegal and could lead to jail time.