Starving, Thirsty, 44-Pound Great Dane Rescued in Iowa
There should be a special place in hell for people who mistreat animals.
According to KCCI-TV, an investigation is underway after a dog was found trapped in a wire cage in a Des Moines apartment. He had no access to food and water and was basically a skeleton with fur.
An Animal Rescue League of Iowa animal services officer was responding to a tip about a dog in need of urgent care at an apartment on Des Moines’ southeast side.
When the ARL officer arrived, she found the Great Dane named Kal shut in the crate with no food and no water – wasting away in an apartment where people were living. And according to the ARL, no one was helping him.
When the ARL officer told the owner to let him out, he bolted for the bathroom and began guzzling water out of the toilet. He was so hungry and thirsty it was heartbreaking. The ARL officer immediately transported Kal to the ARL Emergency Care Team, who was waiting to treat him.The sight of him was shocking: We could see every bone in his body. He was so emaciated and dehydrated that even his head and eyes were sunken in. He had no muscle mass whatsoever and weighed just 44 pounds. He wouldn’t have survived much longer.
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Animal Rescue League staff immediately gave him food and water. As you can imagine he ate and drank ravenously, pushing the bowl around the floor to get every last morsel. ARL staff says his dehydration was extreme, so the vet techs started him on IV fluids. You can see ARL caretakers walking with Kal and holding his IV.
He is now on a careful re-feeding program to help him safely regain his weight.
“He is safe now, but he has a long road to recovery,” the ARL said.
The investigation into this case is ongoing.
Maybe if we all help, Kal will never again know the horrors he suffered, and once he is healed, he can have the chance to find the loving home he so deserves.
If you'd like to help, you can donate at the organization's Facebook page or go to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa's website at https://bit.ly/3NM65gu or give via Venmo @ARL-Iowa.
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