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    Iowa City police say a dog suffered multiple injuries, including broken ribs, after being kicked by a worker at a local veterinary center.

    Lucas Van Orden V, 22, told police he kicked the dog while grooming it July 9, according to a police complaint. The dog's injuries include rib fractures and bruising of the lungs, according to the complaint.

    Van Orden was employed at Creature Comfort Veterinary Center in northeast Iowa City.

    The complaint says the dog, whose owners were not identified, was kept under observation in a pet emergency center for multiple nights after the incident.

    Van Orden was arrested Thursday and charged with animal neglect, a simple misdemeanor, and was issued a citation. His initial court date is set for Aug. 25.............
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    • #3
      If that was intentional, omg sad.


      • #4
        I'm surprised it's not considered assault on an officer.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Nitewalk View Post
          I'm surprised it's not considered assault on an officer.
          I don't think it was a police dog.


          • #6
            What a low-life human being! There is absolutely no excuse for that (or any) kind of abuse. Apparently that clinic and grooming salon have had multiple bad reviews even prior to this incident. That was probably not the first time something like this may have happened, just not to this extent.


            • #7
              Mystic, I TOTALLY read the title wrong!


              • #8
                That dog doesn't look like a likely suspect of having caused this, but you know, who knows but you don't have to kick.


                • #9
                  He admitted doing and said nothing about protecting himself.


                  • #10
                    Follow up Editorial on Groomer Kicking Incident - Iowa Govt Complacency


                    Des Moines Register. August 5, 2016
                    Iowa treats animal abuse as minor infraction.
                    Last spring, 23-year-old Keegan Bucklin of Des Moines was caught on video viciously beating his dog.
                    Police were notified of the incident by Bucklin’s neighbor, who shot the video that showed Bucklin in his yard, picking up his dog, Smokey, and slamming him to the ground. The video also showed Bucklin kicking the dog multiple times and slamming its head into a pole.
                    According to police, Bucklin defended his actions by saying Smokey had defecated inside his house. Bucklin was arrested and both of his dogs, including Smokey, were taken to the Animal Rescue League and put up for adoption.
                    Unfortunately, this crime took place in Iowa, where animal abuse, neglect and torture rarely result in a sentence of any magnitude. In May 2015, Bucklin was charged with a simple misdemeanor and fined $100 - which, according to court records, he never paid.
                    For years, Iowa and federal regulators have coddled disreputable puppy-mill operators. It has turned a blind eye to the neglect of exotic animals confined in roadside zoos. It has criminalized undercover reporting that exposes the corporate abuse of farm animals. And it has responded to documented cases of animal abuse with fines that are comparable to those for traffic violations. The Animal Legal Defense Fund ranks Iowa 49th in the nation for its animal-protection laws.
                    And now, many people around the nation are asking how it is that an Iowa dog groomer who allegedly confessed to kicking and seriously injuring a corgi could be charged with only a simple misdemeanor.
                    The answer is simple. Iowa has a systemic, institutionalized, fully codified disregard for the welfare of animals.
                    Take the case of Lucas Van Orden, the 22-year-old dog groomer who until recently worked at the Creature Comfort Veterinary Center in Iowa City. Police say that on July 9, Van Orden was grooming a corgi named Jasper when he kicked the animal, causing multiple rib fractures and a bruising of the dog’s lungs.
                    After he allegedly admitted his conduct in an interview with police, Van Orden was charged with violating a city ordinance that prohibits animal “neglect.” The maximum penalty for such an offense is 30 days in jail. Had police charged Van Orden with violating the state’s animal-abuse law, an aggravated misdemeanor, he would be facing a sentence of up to two years in prison. The reality is, however, that few convicted animal abusers are ever sentenced to jail in Iowa.
                    Among the more recent cases:
                    Last April, a Des Moines police officer, Stephanie Graves, was driving down Southwest Ninth Street on a Tuesday afternoon when she saw a man standing near the street, hitting and kicking a dog. Officer Graves drove past just as the man, Timothy Gifford, picked the dog up by its neck. She turned her car around and confronted Gifford. In her report, Officer Graves wrote that the dog was “huddled close to the ground, shaking uncontrollably” and “was so terrified it had defecated all over itself and would flinch every time (Gifford) made a movement.” Gifford was charged with violating a city ordinance pertaining to the care and treatment of animals, and the dog was turned over to his girlfriend. Gifford pleaded guilty to the charged offense and was fined $150, which he never paid, according to court records.
                    Last December, Trey Sudbrock of Indianola was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s Chihuahua, Bambi, by snapping its neck. Sudbrock was charged with first-offense animal torture. He was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of simple-misdemeanor animal abuse, paid a $625 fine and was placed on probation.
                    Last year, George Harrington of Mason City stood in his driveway and beat his sickened dog, Boom Boom, with a five-pound steel hammer in what he described as an attempted “mercy killing.” The dog had to be euthanized, and Harrington was sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $625 for animal torture - but 58 days of his jail sentence were suspended, as was the fine. Harrington was placed on probation for one year and ordered to perform four hours of community service.
                    In 2013, Sheena Cornwell of Des Moines pleaded guilty to a charge of animal torture after admitting that she killed her boyfriend’s dog, a pit bull terrier named Lillie, by hanging it from the rafters in the couple’s garage. Cornwell was fined $625 and sentenced to two years of probation.
                    These penalties are so inconsequential as to be almost meaningless. It’s outrageous that the deliberate abuse of a defenseless, domesticated pet is punishable by a fine that’s less than that of a speeding ticket.
                    Iowa legislators know all about these types of injustices, but House Republicans have steadfastly refused to enact stiffer penalties for fear that laws pertaining to domesticated pets will, in some unfathomable way, put law-abiding hog farmers in the crosshairs of their local police. This year, the House rejected a Senate-approved bill that would have increased the penalties for animal abuse and torture and restricted pet ownership for those convicted of such crimes.
                    So, if some of your friends or relatives asks why convicted animal abusers are getting away with such light sentences, just point to the Capitol building and tell them, “This is Iowa, a state where legislators have decreed that animal abuse is not so much a crime as a minor indiscretion.”
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