ARL Rescues Dogs With Scarring From Owner Tying Their Mouths Shut

posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in News

BeauThree dogs were stuffed into a banged up wire crate when they arrived at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL). One of the dogs was an 11-week-old puppy, and the other two dogs were adults with deep indentations, abrasions, and scarring around their muzzles and jaws. Something had been tied so tightly around their muzzles that it had cut into the skin. Upon further inspection of their kennel, ARL officials discovered two thin, black bungee cords that were an exact match to the indentations on the dogs’ muzzles.

ARL investigators tracked down the owner of the dogs, who lived in Ankeny. Working with Ankeny Police, they learned that the person had been given a deadline to get rid of her dogs because of multiple complaints of barking.

Maddy“That had apparently been the owner’s solution to the noise complaints: To wind bungee cords so tightly around the dogs’ muzzles that they couldn’t open their mouths. From the look of the marks, this was not a one-time thing - these dogs had been bound multiple times and for extended periods of time. This is one of those stories that just hurts your heart.” said Tom Colvin, CEO for the ARL. “The dogs are now safe and are still fearful of people, but we are helping them learn to trust again.”

Ankeny authorities have now charged the owner with animal neglect. The ARL has named the 2 injured dogs Maddy and Beau. Both dogs are extremely fearful and are currently being treated under the supervision of our veterinary and behavior teams.

Donations to help Maddy and Beau can be made online at (RE: Maddy & Beau) or in person/by mail at 5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, IA, 50313.