Animal Abuse at the Animal Shelter

I don’t recall ever seeing a single picture of an animal from a single animal cruelty case this bad for deprivation of food, water and proper shelter…This was at the animal shelter in Healdton, OK…Should the police chief be charged with cruelty?!? The comments to this article indicate that members of the community want to see the police chief, city manager and staff responsible for the care of those animals, charged with cruelty…follow the link to read the comments-

http://www.kxii.com/home/headlines/Healdton-City-says-mis-treated-dogs-are-now-being-taken-care-of-242673241.html?llsms=677211&c=y

Healdton city says mis-treated dogs are now being taken care of

HEALDTON, OK — The Healdton city manager says the police chief has stepped down and any stray animals will be taken to another shelter, until all the issues are resolved.

“Basically it’s been months and months on end of trying to get someone to take care of these dogs, someone to feed them, someone to water them, someone to give them something to lay on,” says Paige james.

James is one of several concerned Healdton residents who attended a city meeting Monday night, after seeing neglected dogs at the city’s animal shelter.

City manager,  Charles Clark says, “We tried to talk to the city several times about letting us help. They’d let us donate food. About half the time it’d stay sitting at the police department for weeks. We’d go to pay our water bill or something and see it still sitting there.”

Clark claims he did not know the condition of the dogs until Monday night’s city council meeting, and says the police department was in charge of the shelter.

“I found, despite we have a relatively new facility, no heat had ever been put in it and not only that but they were opening. The eight foot garage door was completely open and leaving them open through the coldest nights,” said Clark.

Interim police chief, Jarod Barnes says, “There are allegations that there were some puppies that were frozen down at the pound. I’m unaware if those allegations are true or not right now. It is being investigated.”

Jarod Barnes was appointed interim police chief Monday after the now former chief, Tim Woodruff, resigned on Friday. Clark says he suspended Woodruff  on the 20th, following complaints from citizens regarding the mis-treatment of the dogs at the shelter, among other concerns.

Clark said, “There was some things that had happened in fairly rapid succession and they had concerned me enough to where I felt it was warrant that I suspended and investigate.”

“I can assure the citizens that this will never happen again. We are in contact with the individual that has offered to donate heat to the pound and provide us heat and other things needed,” said Barnes.

Clark said, “When I’m thoroughly satisfied that we’ve dealt with any concern that we should have and we’ve got our animal control officer back, we’ll open back up for business. In the mean time, if we pick animals up, we’ll transport them to Ardmore.”

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Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned  -B

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~ by topcatsroar on January 30, 2014.

11 Responses to “Animal Abuse at the Animal Shelter”

  1. These people are ALL just as guilty as any other citizen in the neglect and abuse of the animals in this facility. Maybe even more so due to the fact that they locked these poor animals in and evidently just left them to starve to death. So help me God, if I had lost an animal and found it there in this shape, I would expect heads to roll! And, I would expect all involved to be charged just as any other individual or group would be charged including kennel owners. You do not see the kennel dogs they seize as skinny as these, as a matter of fact, I have been looking through cases and pictures of animals from seizures and most always the dogs are fat and healthy looking for the most part. I am beginning to smell a RAT! (That is an understatement! I have BEEN SMELLING A RAT FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW, ANYONE ELSE SMELL IT??????). COME ON PEOPLE, GET SANE……….RE-THINK HUMANE! When the ABUSE AND NEGLECT IS OBVIOUS……such as with these poor animals whom have endured certain duress, there would be NO SECOND CHANCE OR SECOND THOUGHTS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT TO ARREST THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE. Law enforcement and city officials GET UP EVERY MORNING AND PUT THEIR BRITCHES ON JUST LIKE WE DO….ONE LEG AT A TIME! I am OUTRAGED! To say the least.

    • AGREED!!! Charge people for cruelty yet they themselves are the REAL abusers ESPECIALLY since they are supposed to know better!!! They manage to STEAL the animals with NO CRIMINAL CONVICTION…MARION COUNTY, TEXAS…then they had nothing to make the claim and were only after the animals…THAT’S a CRIME!!! They make plea deals because they had nothing…They make agreements that aren’t valid…Then award them to some rescue group and the animals miraculously healthy enough for adoption-NO animal was near death and there was no intentional cruelty…The only near death animal were the animals rescued-‘Stacked in an outdoor un-insulated storage shed out back in whether as cold as it is now without heat while here was plenty of room inside a vet clinic…BULLSHIT!!! The next day those animals were euthanized without the first medical test taken…there was no danger to the public…with-OUT permission from the owner and more importantly, from the judge!!! So they destroyed the evidence…
      Well, the evidence in this case preserved when a REAL rescuer took the dog to a REAL vet and receiving treatment…RESCUE does not mean KILL what animals you choose not to bring inside your clinic because you don’t like house cats-ESPECIALLY when you knew ahead there were house cats going to be seized and you knew you were going to be responsible for their care!!!
      This demonstrates what goes on that people don’t know about and should be better informed…At least this ‘behind the scenes case’ made the news exposing the truth!!!

  2. Absolutely! AND, have you noticed how many so-called rescue and shelters owners and directors are being charged with ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES lately—it seems like a couple a week and more! That is ATROCIOUS AND SINFUL!
    THERE SHOULD BE DOUBLE FINES AND PENALTIES FOR THESES PERSONS! ALSO, THEIR IRS forms should BE DISPLAYED IN PUBLIC FOR ALL TO SEE…….SOME OF THESE FACILITIES HAVE MILLIONS IN THE BANK as they OUTWARDLY STAND AND BEG FOR DONATIONS! This information is,available to, all by way of the FOIA act (FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT)! I encourage ALL TO LOOK INTO WHAT I SAY! I have been researching this for years now…………THE EVERYDAY CITIZEN DOES NOT HAVE A CLUE AS TOMHOW THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF AND LIED TO, but times are slowly a changing and many are catching on! THANKS TO BLOGGERS such as this ROARING TOP CAT person! KEEP IT UP! HATS OFF TO YOU!

  3. I am the one who discovered this problem at the meeting. The city manager lied to KFOR in OKC and everyone should see that interview. The chief was placed on leave prior to the city manager even knowing as the meeting took place @7pm that night. The city used the shelter yet again without anyone knowing it and without heat. Call the city and voice your thoughts 580-229-1283 thank you for your support!

    • Could you please provide a link to that interview. It is so outrageous when the people who blame others for cruelty are doing far worse than anything someone else has been accused of and the reason that I have such a problem with it considering they know it and proves my point that once animals are seized they are not necessarily getting proper care and certainly not what anyone would expect as acceptable; even for a stray picked up or imagine a lost dog-I am horrified…Just as horrified when I read that a humane society (NOTE: NOT a county shelter run by he sheriff’s office) has picked up animals and run off to another counties A/C where the animals are euthanized and no one the wiser -SICKENING!!! -I am sure there will be a flood of calls-You can pretty much count on it. -B

      • http://kfor.com/2014/01/27/citizens-demand-action-after-puppies-reportedly-freeze-to-death/

        Also the other interview from another station.

        http://www.kxii.com/home/headlines/Healdton-City-says-mis-treated-dogs-are-now-being-taken-care-of-242673241.html

      • I am doing an update and will be including the phone number that you provided-I am so sick of abuse in the hands of so called ‘rescuers’; this is not a singular case as previously stated…I am so glad that there are people in the county willing to step up to the plate; not all communities are so forthcoming!!! Not all animals can take those conditions while certain breeds will thrive in it…but certainly not puppies of most breeds!!! -B

      • Thank you my partner and I as well as other have taken this on as our personal fight for justice. As our dogs were rescues which have given us so much joy. I don’t like anything or anyone to suffer and we have a large following. Thank you so much for your support!

      • I justice want just done properly. While I find it extremely upsetting to see animals abused and the reason I got so involved with exposing the truth, I tire of seeing people wrongly accused of abuse while something like this: abuse of animals in the care of their so called rescuers, go by unpunished. This has to stop!!! It is quite probable if your dogs came from an animal seizure they were NOT abused…This case is obvious intentional abuse and would be considered a rescue. -They KNOW the proper handling of animals…
        Thank you for all that you do to see that proper justice is done in this case. -B

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