David Goodburn reached out to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa in late March to adopt dogs. He left them in his apartment without food or water.
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Rescuing stray dogs and giving them shelter in one's home is indeed a generous and kind deed. Unfortunately, not everyone who adopts these animals has their well-being in mind and one man from Iowa is a disgusting example of the same. David Goodburn reached out to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa in late March to adopt dogs. Unaware of his sadistic plans, the rescue handed over two stray dogs to the 21-year-old. All Goodburn wanted to do with the dogs was starve them and send them to their tragic death.
A worthless P.O.S.— Richard (@silicavolcanosi) May 25, 2020
His intentions were only brought to light when it was too late. Goodburn deliberately brought the animals home so they would die of hunger and thirst, revealed the police. According to the Des Moines Register, the vulnerable animals were left at an apartment in Des Moines, Iowa, without food or water. Eventually, the helpless animals succumbed to starvation and died after spending weeks in pain. Their rotting body was discovered on May 18 after a neighbor got a whiff of the foul smell originating from Goodburn's apartment and reported the same to the authorities. Per the complaint, the power of the apartment was also cut.
Following this heartbreaking revelation, Goodburn was arrested and the animal abuser was said to have admitted to deliberately starving the poor animals during an interview conducted by the police. "It's believed Goodburn intentionally left the dogs to die," said Animal Rescue League of Iowa Executive Director Tom Colvin according to Metro. But no motives for the man's alleged crimes were mentioned. Speaking about the late dogs, ARl of Iowa spokeswoman Stephanie Filer shared that 3-year-old Nori and 1.5-year-old Brie were "incredibly sweet girls who loved belly rubs, toys and especially people." Apparently, they were a "bonded buddy" pair during their time at the shelter.
The shocking demise of the two dogs led to the question of how shelters vet their adoptees before handing custody. To this, Filer said that Goodburn had completed the adoption process by committing to providing the dogs with high-quality care. "At no point were there any indicators during the adoption process that Nori and Brie would not be safe," revealed Filer's statement. Furthermore, she revealed that Goodburn lived in the apartment where the dogs were found dead and also had many people living in the house after the dogs were adopted.
Random beatings would be a start.👊😂— Charles (@MofoNewfie) May 25, 2020
There were no red flags until the appalling discovery in May, Filer confirmed. Explaining the procedure of adoption, Colvin explained that animal shelters have different of vetting people. While some rely on home visitation to make sure the animals are treated well, all of them depend on a social contract which requires them to place their trust in the adoptee that they would give the animals the best of care they can, said Colvin. "No matter what you do, you have to have a strong leap of faith that people are going to come here and adopt with the intention to take great care of pets," he added.
Following the discovery, Goodburn was taken into custody and charged with two counts of animal neglect — serious injury or death — both of which were serious misdemeanors. Per reports, he was being held at the Polk County Jail. A date for his court hearing is yet to be set. The ARL is now focused on increasing the penalties for animal abusers and in early March a bill was passed by the Iowa Senate to raise the punishments. There's another pending bill that would see a second charge of animal abuse upgrade automatically to a felony.