Dog Found Starved, Investigation Underway In Oklahoma County

Wednesday, April 6th 2016, 9:02 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma County deputies are asking for information in an ongoing animal abuse case.

Deputies said a dog was found in very poor condition near Northeast 36th and Post Road.

When first responders arrived, the black and white pitbull’s tail was wagging, but the deputy said the dog was trembling and whimpering.

Immediately, they began the search for rescuers and for information about the dog's owner.

Latona Williams who lives in the area said it's normal to see dogs running up and down the streets on the outskirts of Spencer, but she'd never seen anything like what walked up to her door this week.

“I mean literally you could see her bones,” she said about the malnourished dog.

After giving her some food and water, Williams said the dog stuck around for a few days.

“It was like, ‘Hey I know you’re going to take care of me, so I’m going to follow you,’” Williams said.

But knowing the dog's medical needs could be more than she could handle, Williams called for help and Oklahoma County Sheriff's deputies responded.

“The dog actually had a collar on it, so we know that at least at one point it belonged to someone. What we’re trying to do is find out the owner of this dog,” said Mark Opgrande with the sheriff’s office.

“She was friendly. You can tell she had came [sic] from somebody’s home. You could put her on a leash and she would walk with you. You could tell her to sit and she would sit. So it hurts me and I hope the people feel guilty for what they did to this animal,” Williams told News 9.

Volunteers from Bartlesville's Oklahoma Boston & Bully Rescue took the dog to the veterinarian, where doctors said she had tick disease and every parasite imaginable, including heartworms. But she is on medication and in a foster home.

Here is the fundraising account set up for the dog the rescuers named Tambra.