Des Moines, Iowa – Two people in Des Moines are facing multiple animal cruelty charges after starved dogs were found at their residence. On Thursday, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa posted photos of two dogs who survived the neglect, and recounted the fate of the dog who did not:
When ARL Animal Services officers received a shocking call about a husky who was so starved and dehydrated it had to be humanely euthanized, we also were alerted to something else alarming:
There were other dogs in the home that may be in trouble.
When we arrived at the Des Moines residence it was not a minute too soon. We found two more huskies in urgent need of help.
The surviving dogs, Layla and Nala, are malnourished, but Layla’s condition is the most severe. The animal rescue agency said:
Sadly we’ve seen many emaciated dogs over the years, but Layla’s condition was particularly shocking. Even through her thick coat, we could clearly see her ribs and hip bones. She weighed just 30 pounds
Both dogs are safe and receiving veterinary care. According to the animal welfare agency, John Allen Lofton, 21, of St. Charles and Noah Lawrence Jorgenson, 21, of Des Moines have been charged with multiple counts of animal neglect in connection with this case.
Donations for these dogs can be made directly to the rescue group here.