Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office investigates burned animal carcasses

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 9/26/2013 9:06 am Published: 9/25/2013 11:05 pm

Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office investigates burned animal carcasses

FOX23 is following a developing story after dozens of burned animal carcasses were found in Okmulgee County.

The Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case after they say there were more than 40 dogs, three cats and a rabbit burned in a remote intersection in the county.

Deputy Patrick Hale contacted the Sheriff's office after something suspicious outside on Sept. 12. Deputy Hale reportedly patrolled the dirt roads until he reached the intersection of North 120 and Herrick roads. The deputy said that he saw a fire in the intersection and that he witnessed the animals laying on the tarp.

People who live in the area told FOX23 that the whole ordeal is hard to stomach.

"People love animals around here, use them to hunt or are pets," said Zak Corum of Beggs, "I don't see why people would want to cremate them and burn them like that."

Officers determined that the pet carcasses came from a crematory in Tulsa where they were supposed to be burned, but they hired a subcontractor to dispose of the bodies because of equipment problems.

The investigation has been turned over to the Okmulgee County District's Attorney's Office for a filing decision.

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