A dog in Iowa has been held in solitary “custody” for over a year after she got into a spat with a cat – the dog, named “Pinky,” has never bitten a person and she didn’t kill the cat (though the cat was injured) but she has been deemed a dangerous dog and her life is in jeopardy.
The eight-year-old mixed breed dog managed to bolt from her owner’s property in March 2016 – she tangled with a neighbor’s cat and since that time, she has been locked away at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) while a battle is waged over her life (or death). In November – several months after Pinky was seized, ARL issued a statement explaining WHY Pinky has been declared dangerous:
The City of Des Moines declared the dog “Dangerous”, a declaration that comes after a bite/s happen to humans or other animals, and mandates euthanasia per the city’s existing animal ordinances (it is a city declaration per the city ordinance – not an ARL declaration). The case is still open in the court system.
Per the city’s contract with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL), the dog has been in our care during this time. We are ONLY the holding facility for this dog during the court case. We do not have any say in the case or the outcome for the dog. The policy to not allow the owner of Pinky to visit her was made by Sgt. Jim Butler, Chief Humane Officer for the city of Des Moines.
Many people in the area are fighting to see Pinky freed – a petition (click here to read and sign) has been created, as well as a Facebook page (Save Pinky’s Life) to help advocate on her behalf. In March, Save Pinky’s Life explained the “vicious dog” label which has been attached to the mixed breed dog:
This is Pinky, labeled a Pit Bull by the ARL when she was only weeks old. This made her an automatically vicious dog then. She’d done nothing wrong they seized her out of her yard when she was weeks old and used an arbitrary checklist on what is now a 60lb+ dog when she was a puppy at approx 15lbs.
She is now fighting for her life for having a spat with a cat.
Josh Colvin states they do not do checklist and breed labels on puppies, They did on Pinky at weeks old.
Pinky has been at the ARL for almost a year while her owner fights to save her.
Many people are concerned about Pinky’s emotional well-being during her extended confinement – worried that the months away from her family, living in a kennel run, are damaging her mentally. ARL has stated that the dog is receiving daily exercise, olfactory and auditory stimulation, in addition to toys for play time in her kennel.
On May 16, ARL stated that the confinement of Pinky will continue – for how long remains unknown:
Update 5/16/17: On April 17, 2016, the District Court entered an Order upholding the “dangerous dog” declaration by the City of Des Moines. Because Pinky is still subject to a “dangerous dog” declaration that has been upheld on appeal, the ARL cannot release her.
City of Des Moines website here.
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