All they need is food and love

posted on Thursday, March 9, 2023 in News


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.

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.

The other dog, Nala, was also very thin, though luckily not as critical.


Both dogs are now safe under the care of our veterinary team and are on a special feeding program to help them gain weight safely. They have a long journey ahead.

Please help these dogs today by donating to our Full Bellies Food Fund, which provides nutritious food for all the animals in our care, and also helps provide food in our Pet Food Pantry for struggling pet owners in our community.

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Whether you give a one-time gift or choose to give monthly, your support makes it possible for us to help Layla, Nala and so many others who arrive in need of nourishing food, safe shelter, veterinary care and love.

Please give today to help these dogs and so many other pets who deserve a second chance at a happy, healthy life.

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P.S.: 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. When you donate today or enroll in our Loyal Friends Club monthly giving program, you’ll automatically be enrolled to receive exclusive updates on Layla and Nala’s progress.