Emaciated dog found in Des Moines dumpster

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The Animal Rescue League’s Animal Control division is seeking the public’s help to find the person(s) responsible for trapping an emaciated dog inside a kennel and throwing it in a dumpster. 

The dumpster is located at 6th Ave. and Forest Ave. in Des Moines’ River Bend Neighborhood.  On Friday, November 2, a good Samaritan discovered Oscar in the dumpster.  The ARL says the kennel appears to have broken open during the impact, and that Oscar was able to climb to the top of the trash pile to be rescued. 

Oscar was brought to the ARL where he received aid from veterinarians. Oscar weighed just 4 lbs., had zero body fat, loss of muscle mass, hair loss, and intestinal parasites.  His fur was stained from being caged in his own filth for a long time.

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“Over the past several days, our medical team has been helping him safely regain weight and begin to return to health,” said ARL of Iowa CEO Tom Colvin. “This poor guy was so hungry that once he began having food again, his body immediately responded.  In the first 48 hours he regained 25% of his body weight!  He is so sweet. He wants to be near people at all times and especially loves being held.  It is unimaginable that anyone could look into Oscar’s eyes and just throw him away.”

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