A Tulsa family says teens injured their dog with fireworks


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/24/2013 8:16 am Published: 6/21/2013 8:50 pm


A Tulsa family is upset over a run in with two teens and fireworks. The family says the teens took aim at their pet on purpose.

Christi Tilson has only had her dog, Suede, for a year. She says he's very loving, and is brokenhearted that someone would intentionally hurt him.

"The neighbors told me that the boys on the side of the house were throwing fireworks at him," said Tilson.

Suede was in their yard behind the fence at the time. Around 6 p.m. Thursday, Tilson went to let Suede inside and was shocked to see he was burned and scratched on the face.

"He was trying to come through the front door because he was scared," Tilson said.

Tilson raced her pet to the vet where they washed out his eyes and give him antibiotics.

"I've just heard of cases where stuff happens where they torture animals and then it happens to people," she said.

Police came out to investigate but say they were not told of the dog's injuries at the time, and were responding about the fireworks call. During that time - time, officers were called away to a riot.

When FOX23 contacted Tulsa police with Tilson's concerns, officers immediately came out.

They say they were alarmed to see the damage done to the dog and were not informed about it from the owner when they took the original report.

Police say they take reports of animal cruelty extremely seriously and had they known about the dog's injuries, they would have issued a citation then.

As officers continue to investigate, one or both teens could face a felony animal cruelty charge.


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Unwashed Mass - 6/23/2013 11:50 AM
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Wouldn't a "riot" be a bigger story than a dog hurt by fireworks? Maybe we shouldn't be taking police spokespersons at face value.

kindagreywolf - 6/23/2013 2:08 AM
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1. We need to start hiring police trained by real departments as this is getting ridiculous. 2. Pits have a bad rap because of the news media. Personally, I hate pits and have no use for the breed. However, I have friends that have them and they are very docile and friendly. 3. No doubt, if the pit gets the chance, he will attack these two kids and the owners will get in trouble do to shoddy police work. 4. Ask TPD where this "Riot Was" no news outlet carried the story.

Mayor Maynot - 6/22/2013 9:46 AM
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Get them a job at the zoo scooping elephant poop.

skeet - 6/22/2013 8:00 AM
3 Votes
Our fine TPD dropped the ball again. Now lets see them pick the ball up and make a goal. These teens need to be charged, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and made to pay the price of criminals. Not just another slap on the wrist then back out doing it or something more stupid the next day. And still I put blame on the parents for not teaching them better. And where was the riot? I want to read or hear something about a riot in Tulsa. Never saw anything.

cng01 - 6/22/2013 12:37 AM
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huh. Never saw any news of police being called to a riot at all in last few days. They just didnt care because of the breed of dog.
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