‘Pinky’ held at animal shelter for 2 years after spat with cat released

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In Des Moines, Iowa, an eight-year-old dog named Pinky, held at an animal shelter for two years after a 2016 spat with a cat and thus labeled “dangerous,” was released on Monday after a long, heated court battle.

Pinky, who had been held in solitary “custody” for two years  had never bitten a person and did not kill the cat (though the cat was injured) but had been deemed a dangerous dog and designated as a “high risk” breed because she was designated as being a pit bull.

According to the DesMoinesRegister, Pinky had bolted from her owner’s property in March 2016 when a neighbor’s cat was injured. The cat’s owner saw Pinky carrying the cat in her mouth and yelled at the dog to drop her. The cat escaped and ran up a tree. Since then Pinky had been locked away at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) while a battle ensued to determine the dog’s life or death. Earlier this month, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Pinky, stating the city’s ordinance concerning dangerous animals was too vague.

On Monday afternoon, Pinky was able to visit with her previous owner who, because of the court case had sold the dog to shelter owner, Diana Helmers in order to help save the dog’s life.  Helmers insisted the dog was of no danger to anyone and petitioned the court to let her take the dog to Agape Fosters, an animal refuge she has owned and operated for 20 years.




“Quinten grew up with Pinky.
He loved his dog and she gave love back. This is a family,” Dianna Helmers posted on Facebook as the initial reunion brought smiles to a young man and his dog.

Sadly, the fight isn’t over yet. Although Pinky drew her own crowd as she licked Quentin and nearly knocked him over with love and enthusiasm, Pinky was anything but a vicious dog. Quentin had been raised with the dog, however the city has now filed notice of an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Give the dog a break City of Des Moines.  Don’t you have something else to do besides trying to kick a dog to the curb that shows no aggression? At least for now, Pinky will be happy as she is re socialized and given lots of hugs, scratches and kisses.

(Photo and video from Saving Pinky Facebook, Dianna Helmers FB)

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12 replies
  1. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Man, is this how you spend your taxpayer’s money? Don’t you have something more important to do like run the city? Such as waste! Shame on you!

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    YUP!!!! Fight to the end to Kill this Animal!!! YOU stupid bastards on the city council in Iowa!!! Yet turn your BACKS on the DOG FIGHTING RINGS and the “PERPS” who walk free after burning, maiming , torturing, starving Animals!!! Makes ONE HELL OF ALOT OF SENSE DOESN”T IT!!! This beautiful little dog would have LONG AGO seized to LIVE a FULL and HAPPY LIFE had any of you had a the chance…. SHE is lucky that She had PEOPLE THAT were vested in her….

  3. Marni Montanez says:

    This would mean that every dog who attacked a cat would be considered dangerous. Why weren’t they considered dangerous for doing that years before since this has been going on for years and years. That is why it is so well known that dogs and cats don’t get along. This is a personal thing because Pinky is a pittie and whoever is going after this dog obviously has an issue

  4. Christine Brown says:

    FFS Give the dog a break City of Des Moines. Give the dog a break yes he had a spat with a cat. Yes the cat was injured. BUT!!!!! no way is he a dangerous dog.

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    This so called ‘rescue’ named ‘Animal Rescue League’ in the city of Des Moines, Iowa is a damn joke. Pinky was severely punished for slightly injuring a cat (who, if the owner’s cared about would never have been outside) – to hold Pinky for two years and treating her like a serial killer is deplorable. I believe this was done only for retaliation as a judge had deemed Pinky should be returned to her owner. They were finally allowed to at least ‘visit’ her BUT it is way past time that she be sent back to her original family – the ONLY dangerous ones here are the human idiots in Des Moines – doesn’t this city have anything better to do than target a dog who is anything but dangerous?

  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    They won the court battle and Pinky isn’t a dangerous dog! Leave her alone City of Des Moines! Even the best behaved dog will chase a cat or other small animal, it doesn’t mean they deserve a death sentence! I am so sick and tired of dogs being confiscated like this for years over NOTHING! A dog’s life is short enough without being incarcerated for years over a stupid charge like this and why are you wasting the tax payer’s money on this!

  7. Pamela Bolton says:

    Really Des Moines? You haven’t got anything more to do but try to prove yourself right about a dog who’s no danger to anyone. You people need voted out of office at the earliest point in time. All of you are truly mentally ill. You need to concentrate on “crime” not fantasy. Shame on you.

  8. Melissa Gurley says:

    Come on this is how you spend the tax payers money I really can’t believe this someone with half a brain has to put a stop to this and stop this witch hunt against this poor dog everyone involved in wanting to see this dog dead should be ashamed of yourself not to mention your making fools out of yourself

  9. PAMELA D says:

    The courts need to worry about the real shit like animal abusers, dog fighters, beastiality, puppy mills, backyard breeding plus more. All these sick bastards abusing animals and they are worried about a dog and a cat. How many dogs like cats and besides Pinky didn’t kill the cat. Concentrate on the real shit not this bullshit and the dog should have never had to stay in a shelter for 2 years.

  10. Janeen Hodge says:

    Complete ignorance caused by fear for one. Licking any pack animal in solitary confinement in my opinion is animal abuse it’s self. Total breed discrimination at it’s best especially since the cat was fine. And… why is it cats are allowed to run around loose?! Dogs have been chasing cats probably before humans existed… Looks to me the damn justice system there are the law breakers. Obviously a misuse of power on the is judges part. What a bunch of crap!! Citizens there need to petition this kind of thing cuz I guarantee it’s not just a dog they’re screwing over, it could be them next… So who’s the bad guy here. Get that judge out of there he’s a racist communist ass_ _ _ _!!! Kudos to the shelter owner we need more like her!!


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