ARL Rescues 13 Dogs from Western Iowa

posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in News

JUNE 25, 2019: Exactly 3 weeks after the rescuing/recovering 380 cats from a property in Madrid, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) was again called to help with a rescue, but this time it was dogs. The ARL Mobile Response Team deployed today to Audubon County to help remove 13 dogs in need of veterinary care from a residential property in Exira, IA. When the ARL team arrived, they found the dogs outside in a muddy, chain-link dog run, covered in a tarp that was sagging with water collected from the overnight rain.

Exira Dogs

“We could tell instantly that many of these dogs had not been well-socialized, but what we heard next broke our hearts: some of these dogs, all adults, had never even had names, said Tom Colvin, CEO for the ARL. “They were extremely shy and many appeared to have never walked on a leash before, so we worked slowly and carefully with each one to load them into the ARL Rescue Van for their drive back to a fresh start.”

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When the dogs arrived at the ARL, we had a team waiting to begin assessing the dogs’ individual medical and behavioral needs and get them settled into their new, clean living space. We filled their kennels with blankets, food, and water, and smeared peanut butter on the walls to provide enrichment to help them relax after the long drive.

Exira Dogs

In addition to needing spay/neuter surgeries, most of the dogs have fleas, skin and ear infections, parasites, and toenails that have grown so long it is painful to walk. The dog in the worst shape -- one we’ve named “Violet” – has nearly half of her body covered with horrific cracked, painful skin from an untreated infection.

Exira Dogs


The ARL will continue to work with these dogs to prepare them for adoption and is seeking the public’s help with donations of dry dog food as well as monetary donations to help with their medical care. Donations can be made online here or by mail/in-person (5452 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50313)