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Allow Owner & Attorney to See Dog Locked in Des Moines Shelter

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We seek justice in the treatment of PINKY,

a mixed-breed gentle family dog, who has been severely confined at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa since March 2016 in their backroom.

Conditions are so severe in that she does not get any exercise and has never been allowed to be seen by her owner or the attorney representing the owner. People can hear her crying down the hall but the backroom is off limits to everyone. An animal control officer testified in district court those dogs are NEVER exercised.  

Pinky grew up as a loved family member, she was always gentle with everyone as well as a cat in the household. When she was 7 yrs old, a friend opened the door and she darted out. She and a cat got into a spat. They both had injuries and both are fine. No one knows how it happened or how it started. An expert trainer testified she was not acting viciously.

The Animal Rescue League has allowed dog who have killed animals and bitten humans and other repeatedly go free.  Pinky has never bitten a human.

The ARL claims they are just holding Pinky for the city on their Facebook page but the city attorney Haroldson claims in court that ARL owns Pinky.

Long-time confinement is inhumane. Studies prove that dogs are social animals and find that separation from human interaction leaves them chronically stressed.
They resort to repetitive behaviors such as spinning, bouncing off walls -- similar to zoochosis. This treatment is counter-productive to "keeping dogs safe" as ARL has stated. Instead it is physically and mentally damaging to Pinky.

Her current condition is also unknown - since April 2016. The Chief Humane Officer stated at the September hearing that he has not seen Pinky for months.

There is NO LAW preventing ARL from allowing the owner or attorney to see PINKY -- requests are repeatedly denied.


See Facebook page -- Save Pinky's Life -- for more information.



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