An emaciated, urine-soaked dog has been rescued from a home where another dog starved to death in a cage. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa posted images of the 31-pound dog on Wednesday, describing his poor state of health, and detailing how he was saved:
Evander arrived at the ARL very, very thin, weighing just 31 pounds. He was urine-soaked and covered in feces, with wounds across his muzzle. He had been suffering for quite some time … and likely would still be if it hadn’t been for the quick action of our team and Ankeny Police over the weekend.
The rescue group described what happened to the other dog who did not receive help in time, writing:
After an emaciated female dog was brought to the ARL earlier in the day, already deceased and in a carrier caked in feces, our shocked team quickly realized there was another dog still in the home. We contacted Ankeny Police, and Evander was able to be saved within hours.
A necropsy on the deceased, female dog confirmed that she had starved to death. Help came for Evander in the nick of time. The starved dog is receiving special care to help him recuperate – the animal welfare agency writes:
Evander is now on a special refeeding program to help him regain his weight safely and is being closely watched by our medical team. He is lucky to be alive, and he’s not out of the woods.
You can make a donation for Evander’s ongoing care at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s website here.
The rescue group has confirmed that an animal cruelty investigation is underway. There are no further details about the case at this time.
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