Animal Welfare puts dog owner on notice

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Updated: 5/13/2013 8:41 am Published: 5/10/2013 11:29 pm

 A dog owner is put on notice after a viewer let FOX23 News about two abandoned dogs in a backyard.

This is an update to a story FOX23 News first reported on Thursday. After FOX23 News called Tulsa Animal Welfare about dogs who appeared to be abandoned in a backyard with no food or water, Animal Welfare officers stopped the home and left a notice on the door.

The notice warns the owner they need to contact Animal Welfare because it's received complaints about the two dogs and lists them as abandoned.

"We don't see anyone here taking care of them. As far as we know they are by themselves," said neighbor, Karin Lee.

Less than 23 hours after FOX23 News' call, officers checked on the animals.

"We checked the dogs, they are in good health, they've got slick coats. They look to be in good shape," said Director of Tulsa Animal Welfare, Jean Letcher. "If it looked like the animals were in imminent danger of death we would then have the right to go ahead and confiscate them for cruelty."

Typically during the week, Animal Welfare gives the owner 24 hours to respond. If the dogs are confiscated the owner can face a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Since it is Friday, if the owner does not contact them by Monday, officers may take the animals into custody and put them in the shelter.

Property records led to court records that show the owner of the home is in foreclosure.
"Animals are often the last thing to be moved and in a situation where there is another home or someone has moved out of state and they have left someone else to take care of them," said Letcher.

However, neighbors say the owner has been gone for a month and they haven't seen anyone come around the home for at least a week.

"The dogs are in the back, bark all hours of the night. Apparently they are not taken care of," said John Lee.

The director of Animal Welfare says if the dogs are not in immediate danger they give the owner the opportunity to respond.

"There are a lot of situations this could be and until we hear from an owner or don't hear from an owner to make the next step we don't automatically go by the information we have been given," said Letcher.

She says they get about one to two calls a month about dogs left at homes that have been foreclosed.

Neighbors are also concerned about the overgrown grass, debris in the backyard and the constant barking. Animal Welfare says unless it is a danger to the dog, police can be notified and also a complaint can be made by calling the City's Customer Care Line at 918-596-2100.

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gettingby - 5/12/2013 6:24 AM
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So did anyone feed or water the dogs?

Unwashed Mass - 5/11/2013 5:15 PM
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No real attempt to contact the owner? Look up a phone number? Just leave a 24-hour notice on the door of an obviously unoccupied home? FAIL.
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