Who, age What Where When Last known address
Unknown - 2 teens (ages 15-17) suspected pups mouth, noes, eyes, privates, superglued

Des Moines, IA

Polk County

May 1, 2005  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
Misdemeanor   1 5-month-old papillon/poodle mix open  

Des Moines police are trying to find the person responsible for gluing a puppy's mouth, nose and eyes shut.


Brittany Garcia said she discovered her 5-month-old Papillon-poodle mix, Precious, in pain over the weekend.

"What kind of people would do this? It's like a human being to us, it's part of our family," said Garcia.

Garcia discovered her puppy in pain after she had put her in the back yard tied to a swingset on the morning of May 1. When she and her husband heard the dog crying, she went out to check on him. The puppy's ears were as hard as a rock. She treated the puppy's eyes with a moist towel.

The dog was taken to veterinarian Steven Safris for treatment. The dog's ear canals had been filled with super glue, its nasal passages glued, and its eyes glued, too. The moisture from the nose and mouth had kept the glue from sealing them shut. The dog received medication and general anesthesia so that most of the glue could be removed. Glue was left on the dog's eardrums so it could loosen with time.

Garcia is grateful that Precious survived the terrible ordeal. She was shocked when a Johnston veterinarian told her what had happened to the dog.  "This puppy has super glue on him ... he's been pretty much tortured," Garcia said.

"My kids worshipped this puppy. It broke their hearts. Whoever did this deserves this to happen to them," says Brittany Garcia. She just bought this puppy for her kids a week ago.   "It was everywhere, his private parts, his bottom. It looked like they tried to super glue his mouth shut. What kind of person would do this?" asks Garcia. She thinks it was kids. "They looked like they were around 15 or 17."

She took the dog to veterinarian Steven Safris, who used pain medication and general anesthesia to calm the dog so the glue could be removed.

Safris couldn't believe what he found as he treated Precious.  "They tried actually to glue the nasal passages shut so the dog couldn't breathe," he said.  Safris said the dog is doing better and most of the glue was removed. He's hoping the rest will loosen over time.  "The biggest challenge was they actually filled the ear canals with the glue itself," Safris said

Police say whoever did this will be charged with animal abuse.  The person could face up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.  Police said Garcia saw two teens (estimated to be 15 to 17) running from her yard, however, no suspects have been identified.

The Animal Rescue League is offering a $500 reward for information in the case. The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward.  Mike Butts and My100 listeners are offering $4,200 in reward money for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the attack, news release said.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Des Moines Police Department