on Monday, July 27, 2020
On Saturday, several Good Samaritans witnessed, filmed, and quickly intervened to stop animal abuse actively occurring on Des Moines’ south side. A 12-week-old kitten was the victim of the abuse and was saved when two men confronted the suspect and physically removed the kitten from him. Two females were able to safely secure the kitten and bring her to ARL Animal Services.
The kitten, who we have named Willow, is currently under veterinary supervision at the ARL and is doing well. She had reddening of the eyes due to trauma, but otherwise does not appear to have any other visual injuries.
Today Jason Thomas Fortney, 49, of Des Moines, was arrested and has been charged with a state charge of animal abuse, a serious misdemeanor, in addition to other charges. He is currently in the Polk County Jail.
The ARL would like to thank Des Moines Police and ARL Animal Services Officers for their roles in investigating this case and a heartfelt thank you to the Good Samaritans who documented the abuse and then quickly intervened to save this kitten’s life. Had it not been for them, this story could have ended very differently.
But the good news doesn’t end there, one of Willow’s rescuers as well as a DMPD officer have both expressed interest in adopting Willow once she is ready!