Sulphur Animal Shelter Under Fire For Alleged Animal Cruelty

Tuesday, July 17th 2012, 11:12 pm
By: News 9

An Oklahoma town is under fire for alleged cruelty at a public animal shelter.

People in Sulphur say hundreds of animals go to the shelter to die and city leaders say that's not true. But animals activists say politics are more important than pets.

The Justice for Sulphur OK Animals' Facebook page has more than 2500 fans who are angry, emotional, and want a change in their community.

Jesi Allen tried to give the pups a chance, but was told no homeowners in Sulphur city limits can adopt dogs.

"I think the truth really is find them, catch them, kill them. I mean I don't see any other truth besides what it is," Allen said.

Former employees call the conditions deplorable, and city leaders claim they are disgruntled.

"We can't go into the property to look at dogs, if we were wanting to adopt, they bring dogs out to let you look at them and that is not how you conduct business," former employee Scott Prall said.

The city manager refused an interview, but said there isn't enough staff to man the shelter, and at this point the dogs aren't adoptable.

"People need to get behind and be proactively rather than running their mouths without the facts," city manager Bill Holley said.

City leader told News 9 they are teaming up with the nearby town of Davis to build a joint shelter.

So far they have raised $51,000, but say an adequate facility will cost about $500,000.