Teen charged with abuse after wrapping dog’s muzzle with electrical cord

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In Des Moines, Iowa, a teenager has been charged with animal abuse after authorities claim a young dog’s muzzle had been wrapped so tightly with an electrical cord, his face swelled to “four times the normal size.”

According to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, the organization in conjunction with police responded to a call about a dog in distress at Boston Avenue on January 18. When investigators arrived, they also found the young dog covered in feces and his dog bowl for water full of blood. The owner had wrapped an electrical cord around the dog’s muzzle and then urinated on the dog.

The dog, since named Bennie, by the rescue organization has been undergoing treatment as the swelling of his muzzle has continued to decrease. A scar, where the cord was wrapped, will be a constant reminder of the abuse Bennie has had to endure in his short life.

“It is unimaginable the suffering that Bennie endured during this ordeal and it is particularly concerning that the alleged abuser is a juvenile offender. Bennie is now safe at the ARL, but Iowa laws will do little to ensure that his alleged abuser is both punished and rehabilitated – and the laws will do absolutely nothing to ensure that other animals are protected from this person in the future,” said Tom Colvin, CEO for the ARL. “It is past time for Iowa lawmakers to pass legislation to strengthen Iowa’s animal laws so that abusers receive appropriate punishment for their crimes and mental evaluations to determine treatment to prevent reoffending – and so animals can be protected from horrible abuse like what Bennie suffered.”

Bennie remains on anti-inflammatories, pain medication and antibiotics due to prolonged swelling and injuries. He did not deserve this kind of suffering.

Dog's muzzle swollen to 4X its size

HELP NEEDED: We can’t believe we’re telling you about another dog’s muzzle being bound, so soon after telling you about Maddy & Beau. But it happened again. And this time the injuries were far worse.Exactly three weeks ago, an ARL Animal Care & Control officer assisted Des Moines Police on a call to save a dog in distress. The young, male dog was inside a home with facial swelling nearly 4x the normal size. When the owner was instructed to step away, the dog immediately ran over to one of the officers and leaned his entire body weight on the officer’s leg, seeking protection. The owner had allegedly wrapped an electrical cord around the dog’s muzzle and urinated on the dog. The kennel he was in was covered in feces and his water bowl was full of blood. It was horrific. The dog was removed and immediately taken to the ARL for treatment. Upon his arrival, the ARL’s Emergency Care Team began administering pain medication, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medications and gave him a bath to make him comfortable. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing.We have named the dog “Bennie” and despite how he was treated, he is extremely sweet, loves attention, and loves treats. Mostly though, he just wants to be loved.It is unimaginable the suffering that Bennie endured during this ordeal and it is particularly concerning that the alleged abuser is a juvenile offender. The swelling of Bennie’s muzzle did not decrease for more than a week after he was rescued. He is still on medications due to prolonged swelling and injuries. His gums were so ulcerated that there is still concern that he may lose gum tissue. Where the ligature was tied around his muzzle, hair loss showing pink skin and scabbing is now visible. While the swelling of his muzzle has decreased significantly, now 3 weeks later, swelling is still evident. Bennie still has several weeks of medical treatment ahead and the long-term effects of his injuries are still unknown. What we do know is that he is finally safe and with your help, he will continue his recovery and soon find a family to give him the love he has always deserved.Your donation to the ARL’s Miracle Medical Fund will help heal Bennie’s physical wounds, and over time, his emotional wounds will begin to heal as well. Please donate today.P.S.: The owner, a juvenile offender, was charged with 1 count of neglect, a simple misdemeanor. Since the owner is a minor, his name cannot be released. The charge of neglect is the strongest possible charge currently under Iowa law. Join the ARL Humane Action Network to stay up to date on how to help strengthen Iowa’s companion animal laws at www.arl-iowa.org/community/humane-action-network/.You can see more on Bennie at http://ow.ly/PqFS30nDg0M.#teambennie #enoughisenough

Posted by Animal Rescue League of Iowa on Friday, February 8, 2019

Sadly, Colvin stated animal abuse has been on the rise in Iowa. Join the ARL Humane Action Network to stay up to date on how to help strengthen Iowa’s companion animal laws at www.ARL-Iowa.org/HAN

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8 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    I agree. Wrap a cord so tight around his crazy neck that he suffers as much as this poor dog did. Laws in Iowa and other areas need to change to make these criminal offenses and make these kids/people pay for their crimes.

    • Nadya Rossi says:

      Iowa is the cruelest state to animals. Its Sobibor, Auschwitz & all the rest of the death camps rolled up into one big hellhole for the innocents. Shameless Iowans specialize in unholy, vile slaughterhouses.

  2. Tracy Vaillancourt says:

    Another serial killer or school shooter in the making. Classic sign of serious psychological problems. Now is the time to intervene before he escalates. Poor puppy. Breaks my heart and blows my mind every time.

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    Where were this Teenager’s parents or guardian while all this was going on? Are they really that clueless as to what their kid is doing? How about charging them? Maybe if parents were held responsible for what their children do, they would pay closer attention to what they are raising!


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