DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines woman is charged with animal neglect after officials say she starved a Great Dane, who weighed just 44 pounds when he was rescued Monday.
Alaxandria Byron, 26, was arrested Monday and booked into the Polk County Jail on a charge of animal neglect-death or serious injury. She has since been released.
According to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, one of its Animal Services Officers responded to a southside Des Moines apartment after receiving a tip about a dog needing urgent care. They found a Great Dane named Kal shut up in a crate with no food and water.
Officials with the ARL say Kal was “literally a skeleton” and would not have survived much longer without care.
Kal was severely underweight and dehydrated and the ARL says a careful refeeding program has been started along with administering IV fluids.
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