A homeless dog suffered severe injuries while being cared for at a foster home in Marion, Iowa. According to the Last Hope Animal Rescue, five-year-old Tilly suffered a ruptured spleen and head injuries after the man fostering her allegedly delivered a vicious kick.
The rescue agency recounts the incident
The rescue group alerted its Facebook followers to the cruel situation:
An incident occurred Saturday, September 15th, involving a Last Hope Animal Rescue foster dog. The dog suffered injuries consistent with blunt force trauma and was rushed to Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center. The dog, Tilly, a 5 year old female Staffordshire terrier mix, was admitted with internal bleeding and head trauma. Emergency surgery was performed, Tilly was found to have a ruptured spleen that required removal.
The alleged abuser
As reported by The Gazette, 61-year-old Dennis Greene has admitted to kicking the dog. He is facing a charge of animal abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor and he could spend up to two years behind bars if he is convicted.
The rescue group statement
Amanda Rushton, Last Hope Animal Rescue’s dog intake coordinator, told the news agency:
“Everyone in our organization is just reeling. We work so hard to save animals and rescue them from bad situations and to have one of our dogs end up in a bad situation, right in our own backyard, is horrifying.”
A request for help
The rescue group hopes to see Iowa embrace stronger animal cruelty laws. The organization stated:
“Animal abuse in Iowa remains a simple misdemeanor and we rank 49th in the nation for our animal protection laws. The 2018 Iowa Legislative session presented the opportunity to improve companion animal cruelty laws, however the session ultimately ended with bill SF2181 not being passed. The bill was supported by the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, several law enforcement leaders and county attorneys who regularly deal with animal abuse and neglect cases. In-spite of the bill’s explicit focus on criminal neglect and abuse of non-livestock animals, it was ultimately undermined by commercial dog breeder and agricultural interests.
How can you help? Contact your local state representative and state senator and let them know your disappointment with Iowa and their handling of companion animal protection laws. Animals in Iowa remain unnecessarily at risk of abuse and neglect for yet another year, ask them to improve laws and make this a priority for next year’s session.
Please use this link to find your local representatives: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find
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