Inside look at Henryetta animal shelter conditions


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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 8/14/2013 11:52 pm Published: 8/14/2013 11:40 pm


A FOX23 viewer sent us pictures of what she says are horrible conditions at the Henryetta  dog shelter.

Henryetta police runs  the city’s  animal shelter.

Robin Churchill said she took a photo of a dead dog in a trash bag on Saturday.

She said, “Three or four bags of dead dogs with flies surrounding , filthy water, filthy. You know just food scattered all over with flies all over it.”

Police Chief Steve Norman  did not want to go on camera but he did let FOX23 cameras inside the shelter Wednesday.

Churchill said on Saturday she saw, “Green water bubbled up. It was so nasty it had been there for days.”

We saw clean bowls with food and water at the shelter on Wednesday.  Norman said animal control cleans the area Monday through Friday and gives food and water every day to the dogs.

Churchill showed FOX23’s Price McKeon picture after picture of what she said she saw last weekend.

She said, “Sick literally sick. I just thought it’s too late. I can’t help them.”

I showed Norman Churchill’s photo of a dead dog in a trash bag. He showed me a log of an officer called out to dispose of a resident’s deceased pet.  He said the trash bags on the ground is unacceptable and the policy for disposing deceased animals on the weekends has now changed.

Churchill said, “Dogs with ticks so thick it was a wonder they were living. “

Norman said they spray to fight ticks every week but ticks have been horrible this year. He showed us the bill from the vet for the dogs.

When I showed the chief a photo of what Churchill said are maggots crawling on a trash bag at the shelter, he told me that was an animal that was found by animal control this weekend and a worker put it in a bag to dispose of Monday.

Churchill said she is talking to the district attorney Thursday because she wants an investigation into the shelter.

Churchill is the director for HAART, Henryetta Animal Aid and Rescue Team. She said her organization will try to help but she said it’s the city’s job.

Churchill said, “We don’t like to have to deal with the fact that those dogs we’re seeing down there will be put to sleep in three days. It’s something that we don’t want to have to deal with.”

Norman said animal control bought new bowls for the dogs on Monday.

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