Waukee man caught on video kicking, dragging dog

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A Waukee man is facing charges after a neighbor captured video of him dragging, kicking and throwing objects at his dog. Waukee police say Zac Brooks is charged with animal neglect, a simple misdemeanor. “The Dallas County Attorney’s Office advised that we could do animal neglect charges, but there was […]

A Waukee man is facing charges after a neighbor captured video of him dragging, kicking and throwing objects at his dog. Waukee police say Zac Brooks is charged with animal neglect, a simple misdemeanor. “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.Sposeto says officers went to the townhome on NE Satinwood 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.” Sposeto says because the officers could not see any injuries they can’t charge Brooks with animal abuse. After consulting with the Dallas County Attorney, police charged Brooks with animal neglect because there was no food or water in the garage. Animal neglect is a simple misdemeanor which means Brooks gets to keep his dog. Waukee Police say they are continuing to stop by the home to check on the dog.”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 Waukee police after witnessing 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.Waukee City Council member, Anna Bergman is calling for police to take the dog to a veterinarian to be checked for internal injuries. “Our police department, they’re not veterinarians,” said Bergman. Bergman also wants state lawmakers to take another look at the law that protects companion animals. “If we have cases where animals are going through what we saw in these videos, and the law still isn’t protecting them. That’s a problem with the law,” said Bergman.In July, a new animal cruelty law went into effect in Iowa to better protect companion animals. The law clarifies legal definitions of animal crimes, implements mental health evaluations and increases penalties.KCCI spoke with Zac Brooks on the phone. Brooks says he was frustrated with his dog for chewing up expensive blinds but says he has never hurt her. Brooks calls the charges against him “ridiculous.”

A Waukee man is facing charges after a neighbor captured video of him dragging, kicking and throwing objects at his dog.

Waukee police say Zac Brooks is charged with animal neglect, a simple misdemeanor.

“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.

Sposeto says officers went to the townhome on NE Satinwood 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.”

Sposeto says because the officers could not see any injuries they can’t charge Brooks with animal abuse. After consulting with the Dallas County Attorney, police charged Brooks with animal neglect because there was no food or water in the garage. Animal neglect is a simple misdemeanor which means Brooks gets to keep his dog. Waukee Police say they are continuing to stop by the home to check on the dog.

“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 Waukee police after witnessing 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.

Waukee City Council member, Anna Bergman is calling for police to take the dog to a veterinarian to be checked for internal injuries.

“Our police department, they’re not veterinarians,” said Bergman.

Bergman also wants state lawmakers to take another look at the law that protects companion animals.

“If we have cases where animals are going through what we saw in these videos, and the law still isn’t protecting them. That’s a problem with the law,” said Bergman.

In July, a new animal cruelty law went into effect in Iowa to better protect companion animals. The law clarifies legal definitions of animal crimes, implements mental health evaluations and increases penalties.

KCCI spoke with Zac Brooks on the phone. Brooks says he was frustrated with his dog for chewing up expensive blinds but says he has never hurt her. Brooks calls the charges against him “ridiculous.”

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