Man arrested for nearly starving his dog to death

An Iowa man has been charged for nearly starving his dog to death. The man, 20-year-old Dwight Alan McNeal, of Saylor Township, neglected his dog, Jax, so badly that he was just skin and bones by the time he was taken in by the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL).

On March 2, ARL posted a video of the gaunt dog, writing:

When Jax arrived, he was literally skin and bones. No fat. No muscle mass. We weren’t sure how he was even standing.
He weighed just 27.5 pounds – about half of what his normal body weight should be. For a roughly 10-month-old large-breed dog, it was heartbreaking.

On Thursday, ARL let Facebook followers know that Jax’s owner had been arrested:

Dwight McNeal of Saylor Township was arrested today and charged with 1 count of animal neglect related to the extremely emaciated dog we told you about earlier this week. Under the new state law that went into effect in July 2020, charges of animal neglect now allow for increased penalties and mental health evaluations if a person is found guilty. Penalties range from up to 1-2 years in jail and fines between $315 to $6,250.

 

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