CHOUTEAU, OK —
Reese spoke to the woman about what he had seen and was told that she tries to feed the dogs every other day when she has the money for food.
“When asked about the carcass lying in the back yard and when the dog had died she stated that the dog had died about two weeks ago and that she had told her son to bury the dog,” said Reese. “Two days later she realized her son didn't bury the dog and told him to bury it again but failed to make sure it was taken care of.”
Oklahoma law defines animal cruelty as “overdrive, overload, torture, destroy or kill, or cruelly beat or injure, maim or mutilate, any animal in subjugation or captivity, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprive any such animal of necessary food, drink or shelter, or who shall cause, procure or permit, or who shall willfully set on foot, instigate, engage in, or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal.”
Animal cruelty is a felony that can carry a fine up to $5,000 or imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year, or imprisonment in a state penitentiary for up to five years. In addition, the person may be required to pay for the cost of care and boarding of the victimized animals.