Minnesota, Iowa authorities investigating hundreds of hog thefts

Investigators say the incidents appear to be the work of a well-organized theft ring that sells the hogs to slaughterhouses for money.
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Investigators say the incidents appear to be the work of a well-organized theft ring that sells the hogs to slaughterhouses for money.

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