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Published December 02, 2009, 10:03 AM

Farmers coalition offers reward in NW Iowa pig deaths

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers is offering a reward of up to $3,500 for information leading to the arrest in the suffocation of 3,800 pigs at a hog operation near Hull in northwest Iowa.

By: AP wire report, West Central Tribune, The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers is offering a reward of up to $3,500 for information leading to the arrest in the suffocation of 3,800 pigs at a hog operation near Hull in northwest Iowa.

The combined rewards from the coalition and the Humane Society of the United States now equal $6,000.

The Sioux County sheriff's office says deputies were called to the hog operation on Nov. 13 by the owner, Todd Hasche.

Authorities say someone overnight tampered with the control to the building's airflow system, causing the pigs to suffocate. Authorities say the main breakers were turned off, a stand-by generator was turned off and the alarm system was disabled.

The loss of the pigs is estimated at more than $200,000.

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