Elderly man keeps 62 live ducks inside small van

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By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) An elderly man was charged with animal neglect after allegedly keeping a large number of live ducks in a small van, police in Iowa said.

Iowa City police have arrested 69-year-old Francis Prohaska, after being accused of abusing 62 ducks by keeping them in a small van.

Prohaska was charged with one count of animal neglect. If convicted, he faces up to 30 days in prison. On Monday night, Police received a call, reporting a bad smell coming from a U-Haul van.

Police found 19 dead ducks among 43 live birds in the van that was parked outside 1201 North Dodge Street. The ducks were locked inside cages that were stacked on top of one another. The ducks were all covered in feces and feathers.

The ducks did not have access to food or water. The surviving ducks were handed over to the Iowa City Animal Care Center, where they are being examined and fed.