Bartlesville dog strangled, dies from heat stroke


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Updated: 6/14/2013 9:19 am Published: 6/13/2013 11:40 pm


A combination of the near triple digit weather, a chain, and a railing, lead to a Bartlesville dog’s death.

In happened on Monday at South Penn and SE Adams Blvd. The owner of the home does not live there but is currently remodeling it and he keeps his three dogs there.

One of the dogs is not on a leash and roams freely in the yard, the other is in a cage, and the third was tied to a long chain. 

On Monday a neighbor saw that the dog on the chain had severely tied himself up in between the railing and knotted up his chain so tightly he could not get to his water bowl.

“I imagine it struggled to get undone and made him get hotter in this extremely hot weather because he was probably panicking,” said Bartlesville Animal Control Officer Rita Harvey.

The officers arrived around 4:00 in the afternoon and the dog was barely alive.

“There was nothing we could do at that point,” said Officer Harvey.

They untied him and covered him up on the porch.  The owner still was not home so they had to leave him a note.

“Neighbors have called us many times before about these three dogs being out here in the heat, but e very time we come by we can see they are well fed, and have water and shade to lie under when it is this hot outside,” said Officer Harvey.

The owner will not face any animal cruelty charges.

Officer Harvey said has been with Animal Control for 13 years and said she deals with the same issue every summer.  She recommends if you have to leave your dogs outside in this hot weather you provide them with plenty of water.  Put the water in large heavy buckets so they will not tip over.  Also there needs to be a shdy place for them to rest.  She also hates chains for dogs.  She would rather see privacy fences, but she knows those can be expensive.

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Tommy - 6/15/2013 11:38 AM
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To heartless predator who done that to this chained helpless dog,I wish you die in slow painful death like that dog.

Bestwishes - 6/14/2013 9:05 AM
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These people didn't even live at the house. Why did they even have the dogs if they didn't want to be around them? They should be charged with animal cruelty resulting in death. We need stricter laws protecting animals. I don't understand why they weren't charged. That dog didn't chain himself up and there was no one around to help him. I can't believe they are allowed to keep the other dogs. They are obviously not capable of keeping their dogs in a safe environment. And they obviously don't love their dogs or they wouldn't keep them in these conditions. This needs to stop.

hendricks2009 - 6/14/2013 6:10 AM
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this makes me sad hope the owners dont have children...if they do go get the kids and get them out of there, they are in danger !!!!!!!!!!!

Mayor Maynot - 6/14/2013 1:30 AM
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Whoever tied that poor animal like that should be charged with animal cruelty. Either that OR tie them up out in the triple digit heat without water :-p
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