In Ankeny, Iowa a woman has been accused of tying two of her dogs’ mouths with bungee cords for extended periods of times to keep them from barking. Elisa Andres, 27, faces animal neglect charges after dropping off the three dogs to a shelter on October 2 in an old wire crate.
According to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Andres brought an 11-week-old puppy and two adult dogs into the shelter, stating the dogs had been abandoned. The two adult dogs, Maddy and Beau, had deep indentations, abrasions and scarring around their muzzles and jaws. From the appearance of the marks, it was not just one time the dogs had been muzzled – the cords so tightly around them it had cut into their skin.
The puppy, Roxy did not appear to have been harmed. When ARL Animal Care & Control investigators examined the banged up kennel the dogs arrived in, they found the two thin black bungee cords that matched the indentations on the dogs’ muzzles.
The investigation led to Andres who had been given a deadline by her landlord to get rid of her dogs because of ten complaints of barking coming from her apartment. Tying bungee cords around their mouths to keep them from barking had been her solution.
Maddy and Beau are very fearful and under the care of the medical and behavioral teams.
Andres has been charged with two counts of animal neglect. She has pleaded not guilty.
Donations to help Maddy and Beau can be made by clicking here.
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