Death Threats Made Against Puppy Mill Inspectors In LeFlore County

Thursday, November 17th 2011, 9:12 pm
By: News 9

Jamie Oberg, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A state team charged with enforcing compliance with Oklahoma's puppy mill bill says members' lives are in danger. This comes as they prepare to face one breeder fighting back against the new law in LeFlore County.

Commercial pet breeder board chairman Angel Soriano can handle the job of saving dogs from so called puppy mills, but says he's scared for the team's safety after a threatening phone call was traced from LeFlore County his office.

Board members have been to more than 200 operations across the state, but they have yet to seize, or even see any animals seriously mistreated.

Jackie and Charles Evans say what you see online is what you get from their kennels. The couple is fighting back against the new laws in court.

"I'm all for regulations," Jackie said. "I'm all for closing down crappy puppy mills."

As far as threats against state officials, she doesn't believe anyone around LeFlore County is To blame.

"I don't believe that. I think it's a bunch of crap somebody's spreading. Who's going to kill a dog and go to prison the rest of their lives?"

Both sides aren't giving up the fight.

"They don't want me in LeFlore County. I'll do my best to be in LeFlore County," Soriano said.

Soriano would not say the name of the man he believes made the alleged death threats, but he expects charges to come from the DA in the next 24 hours.

Board members were worried about safety at the courthouse Friday morning, but they've now been told metal detectors will be set up.