Updated: Jul 25, 2020
- Oklahoma, USA -
On Thursday, July 16, the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on E 1132 Road in Sallisaw for a domestic disturbance.
Responding deputy Randy Freeman told 4029 News that once at the scene, they noticed approximately 17 dogs inside cages and plastic storage bins.
Deputies reported that the poor dogs were being kept in inhumane conditions.
As you can see from the pictures, the poor souls were covered with matted fur and feces.
Deputy Freeman said: “On a scale of 1 to 10, this was an 11. This is a typical puppy mill that you would find just about anywhere and this is what the puppy mill law was made for.”
Oklahoma Alliance for Animals wrote in a Facebook post that one dog in particular was the worst of the bunch.
I put a red heart on the pictures of the furbaby in question so you know.
The shelter wrote he was in a tote with another dog, lying in their own filth and urine unable to move.
It took the staff three hours to groom and shave this beautiful pup.
They said they found “maggots hidden inside the 2+ inches of solid matted fur.”
Staff discovered that the pup has “two deformed back legs with no feet or paws.”
Although his future is uncertain, the good news is that he is eating well, and just to add a funny note to this story, the shelter said “the first thing he did after being freed was to lick his ... um ... parts. 😉 He hadn’t seen them in a very long time! “
Well, I guess that’s a good sign, right?
In connection with this case, TAMARA TURMAN and WESLEY CHRONISTER (both pictured below), were arrested and they are now facing 84 counts of felony cruelty to animals .
Deputy Freeman said: “If you put these animals on the grass they would just make a circle because they've never been out of a wire cage. Animals don't have a voice so we are the voice and every time we will investigate it, every time we get a complaint we will investigate it.”
If you can afford to make a donation toward these souls’ medical bills, you can visit Oklahoma Alliance for Animals' website. Thank you!
Pictures via Oklahoma Alliance for Animals