|Updated: 8/06/2013 9:45 pm
||Published: 8/06/2013 9:33 pm
The heat index in Tulsa has been high and temperatures have been breeching 100 degrees. It's days like these that Tulsa Animal Welfare Director Jean Leacher finds herself wishing there was more her office could do to protect neglected animals. She is hopeful, that day is right around the corner.
Right now, in Oklahoma, animal abuse is an all or nothing case. Jean says, "In the state of Oklahoma animal cruelty is a felony.” She's saying nothing else can criminally be charged and this doesn't sit well with Jean and organizations like the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. Jean says there is a need for change.
This issue now has the attention of the Mayor’s office, who told me they are organizing a task force to review and provide input on current city ordinances. This is including and possibly adding a misdemeanor animal neglect charge. Lori Hall from Oklahoma Alliance for Animals said, "If we can charge a misdemeanor that will hopefully help prevent it from leading up to a full-fledged cruelty case,” Jean says, "gaw-lee it would be great to get the in-betweeners."