- Iowa, USA -
The Des Moines Police Department said that on Saturday, January 14, 2023, 38-years-old ERIC LAVERN HILL (pictured), took a dog to a veterinarian to be cremated.
The dog was an adult female black Pit/Lab mix named Dynasty.
Dynasty was unkempt and covered with sores. The veterinarian became alarmed due to the furbaby’s condition and Des Moines Animal Services became involved.
Authorities then executed a search warrant at HILL’s residence and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa assisted with the investigation. The organization said in a press release: “When an ARL Animal Services officer stepped into a Des Moines home, the stench was overwhelming.”
In the basement of the property, officials found two large dogs, named Blue and Lexi, shut in separate wire crates, living in their own filth, with no food or water.
Blue is an adult black/white female Labrador and Lexi is an adult brown female Doberman.
There was also an empty wire crate with its door open, the floor covered in dry animal waste. Inside the crate was Dynasty.
According to ARL, both Blue and Lexi needed immediate help, but Blue was the one in the worst condition as she was so thin that her ribs, hips, and spine were clearly visible. She weighed just 31 pounds. Blue was also extremely dehydrated.
Blue was placed on a special refeeding program to help her regain weight safely.
HILL was charged with two counts of Animal Neglect – Serious Injury or Death and one count of Animal Neglect.
Last week, through a Facebook post, ARL advised that Blue “has made great progress over the last several weeks.” The organization said that thanks to a special refeeding program, she has gained 16 pounds. According to a recent update posted by ARL, Blue was adopted this past weekend.
Animal Rescue League of Iowa tells me that Lexi has also been adopted.
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HILL’s mugshot shared from Polk County Jail.