Two dogs rescued from freezing cold, charges pending

Published: Jan. 30, 2019 at 12:10 PM CST
Email this link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

Officials at central Iowa's Animal Rescue League said two dogs left outside in the freezing snow and brutal winds in northeast Polk County are now safe and warm at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

Chloe and Sophie were found chained in the below zero temps with no access to food, water or adequate shelter. They were in rough shape.

According to the ARL, the only "water" within reach was frozen in buckets and covered with snow. Their only “shelter” was a thin homemade dog house and a plastic crate with snow inside and holes that did nothing to stop the bitter wind. When help arrived, one of the dogs was huddled at the base of a tree trying to stay warm.

ARL officials said “Sophie and Chloe could see inside the house where other dogs were warm and being cared for. Thankfully Sophie and Chloe are now at the ARL and out of danger, resting comfortably with food, water, shelter and warmth. Charges are pending against their owner.”

Anyone who sees an animal in distress is urged to call the non-emergency police line in their city (515-283-4811 in Des Moines). During these extreme temps, weather-related calls to animal control will be considered a high priority.

The ARL also offers free dogs houses, straw, and other assistance to pet owners. Through Friday, the ARL’s main location will be serving as a pet-friendly warming station from 11am-8pm and will be boarding pets at no charge for homeless persons who need to seek refuge at homeless shelters/churches that do not allow pets. Pet owners in need should call 211 or the ARL directly at 515-262-9503 to be connected with available resources.

Latest News

Latest News