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POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES ANIMAL ABUSE ARREST - JULY 25, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES ANIMAL ABUSE ARREST

On July 25th, 2017, Polk County Deputies were dispatched to the 4000 block of NE 45th Dr. in reference to an Animal Abuse report.  

According to information provided by the Animal Rescue League, Des Moines Animal Control, and Polk County Animal Control, there was an incident the evening of July 24th, 2017, where two dogs were together in a fenced-in area at a residence in the 4000 block of NE 45th Dr. At some point, the dogs began fighting and, after the dogs had been separated, Michael Thomas Mitchell, 31, of Des Moines, reportedly stabbed the Pit-bull mix at least twice with a pocket knife, causing serious injury to the dog. The other dog, breed unknown, received minor injuries in the altercation. The Pit-bull mix was taken to the Iowa Veterinary Referral Center for treatment. The condition of the dog is unknown at this time. 

After an investigation by Polk County Deputies and Polk County Animal Control, Michael Mitchell was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail on one count of Animal Abuse, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Mitchell posted bond and was released. 

Stephanie Filer, of the Animal Rescue League, will answer questions regarding the current status and welfare of the Pit-bull mix. Filer can be reached at (319) 929-5540. 

There is nothing further to report on the criminal case.

 

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