Dog Abuse Case Gains Attention

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Animal rights activists have turned their attention to an Iowa case of a man charged with causing the heat-related death of a German shepherd.

About 20 animal rights activists rallied outside the Polk County Courthouse on Friday morning, pushing for the maximum jail sentence for an Urbandale man charged with animal abuse.

Police say 18-year-old Luis Angel Lara-Leyva failed to provide his dog with water on a 90-plus degree day in June, causing the dog's death.

The Des Moines-based St. Francis Foundation for Pets organized Friday's rally, collecting nearly 1,000 signatures in addition to 1,000 already collected for a petition demanding that Polk County Attorney John Sarcone seek the maximum of a year in jail.

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