Iowa man relinquishes rights to dog after neighbor captures video of him dragging pet


Warning: Content of video may be distrubingAn Iowa man is facing charges of animal neglect after a neighbor captured video of him dragging, kicking and allegedly throwing objects at his dog. He is now relinquishing his pet, according to new documents filed Thursday. According to the documents, on Saturday Zac Brooks will give his dog to the breeder he got it from. Brooks was seen on camera dragging his dog and allegedly throwing things at the pet. Neighbors are upset Brooks is not facing harsher charges.Local police said Brooks is charged with animal neglect, a simple misdemeanor, according to sister station KCCI.”The Dallas County Attorney’s Office advised that we could do animal neglect charges, but there was not enough there for abuse,” said Waukee police Sgt. Mackenzie Sposeto.On Wednesday, the Dallas County attorney filed a petition asking the court to hold a hearing to determine the threat the dog was in. As a result, the court asked Brooks to relinquish rights of the dog.Previously, Sposeto said officers went to the townhome on Saturday to look over the dog after neighbors called with concerns.”They let the dog out of the kennel dog ran around was wagging his tail, they actually sat down and checked the entire dog from head to tail,” said Sposeto. “There’s no signs of injuries, no trauma of any sort that they could see. He was greeting the owner and running around in circles. So they said, here’s what we’re going to ask of you. You are going to have to bring the dog inside: It is cold, and then make sure the dog has food and water.””It’s just not an ethical way to treat any living being. I really just want what’s best for this dog,” said neighbor Ben Lewis.Lewis says he recorded the videos and called police after witnessing, according to him, weeks of Brooks’ behavior.”With the videos being as distressing as they were, I thought, you know, someone is going to have a say about this,” said Lewis.Several animal rights groups including the Animal Rescue League of Iowa are weighing in online and on social media after viewing the videos.”The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is deeply disturbed by what we have seen in the videos, as well as what neighbors reported they have witnessed, and we join them in their immediate concern for this dog’s welfare. What we have seen and heard is completely unacceptable and we believe it merits a full investigation into the dog’s welfare and potential charges,” said Tom Colvin, CEO of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

Warning: Content of video may be distrubing

An Iowa man is facing charges of animal neglect after a neighbor captured video of him dragging, kicking and allegedly throwing objects at his dog. He is now relinquishing his pet, according to new documents filed Thursday.

According to the documents, on Saturday Zac Brooks will give his dog to the breeder he got it from.

Brooks was seen on camera dragging his dog and allegedly throwing things at the pet.

Neighbors are upset Brooks is not facing harsher charges.

Local police said Brooks is charged with animal neglect, a simple misdemeanor, according to sister station KCCI.

“The Dallas County Attorney’s Office advised that we could do animal neglect charges, but there was not enough there for abuse,” said Waukee police Sgt. Mackenzie Sposeto.

On Wednesday, the Dallas County attorney filed a petition asking the court to hold a hearing to determine the threat the dog was in. As a result, the court asked Brooks to relinquish rights of the dog.

Previously, Sposeto said officers went to the townhome on Saturday to look over the dog after neighbors called with concerns.

“They let the dog out of the kennel dog ran around was wagging his tail, they actually sat down and checked the entire dog from head to tail,” said Sposeto. “There’s no signs of injuries, no trauma of any sort that they could see. He was greeting the owner and running around in circles. So they said, here’s what we’re going to ask of you. You are going to have to bring the dog inside: It is cold, and then make sure the dog has food and water.”

“It’s just not an ethical way to treat any living being. I really just want what’s best for this dog,” said neighbor Ben Lewis.

Lewis says he recorded the videos and called police after witnessing, according to him, weeks of Brooks’ behavior.

“With the videos being as distressing as they were, I thought, you know, someone is going to have a say about this,” said Lewis.

Several animal rights groups including the Animal Rescue League of Iowa are weighing in online and on social media after viewing the videos.

“The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is deeply disturbed by what we have seen in the videos, as well as what neighbors reported they have witnessed, and we join them in their immediate concern for this dog’s welfare. What we have seen and heard is completely unacceptable and we believe it merits a full investigation into the dog’s welfare and potential charges,” said Tom Colvin, CEO of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.


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