The Animal Rescue League of Iowa had high hopes for the bonded dogs. Goodburn was fully screened before the dogs were released to his care, but he did the unimaginable when he abandoned them in his apartment. In a release, the shelter expressed their anger and dismay:
We are shocked, heartbroken, and furious. Goodburn not only lied to and misled our team, he did the same to the multiple people who were with him and the dogs inside the home after they were adopted. No one saw any red flags until the call came this week … and by then it was too late.
The shelter described the dogs who were left to suffer alone:
Nori (3 years old) and Brie (1.5 years old) were incredibly sweet girls who loved belly rubs, toys, and especially people.
These dogs did nothing to deserve the cruel fate they suffered. They wanted nothing more than to love and be loved, and instead, they were cast aside and forgotten. Goodburn was arrested by the Des Moines Police and he is being held at the Polk County Jail.
Nori and Brie deserve justice - this man must NOT receive a plea deal. Please sign the petition and send Goodburn to jail for as long as possible!
Suspects are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.
Update 9/21/2020: On Aug. 31, Goodburn received two 315.00 fines, two 365 days of jail sentences, with all suspended but 13 days. He spent a total of 13 days in jail. Two years of probation with treatment was recommended, and an order of no pets of any kind in his care or ownership for the duration of the probation. Animal Victory is disappointed with this outcome. We will continue our fight against animal cruelty, with the goal of securing REAL punishment for convicted animal abusers!
Update 6/29/2020: Read our letter here