Pet owners searching for answers and demanding their pets remains

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 9/27/2013 9:39 pm Published: 9/27/2013 8:17 pm

Pet owners are searching for answers after more than 40 animals were improperly cremated in Okmulgee County.

On September 12th an off-duty Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Deputy found the animals burnings on a tarp on a rural road in Beggs.

FOX23 Brittany Jeffers spoke with the owner of Pets at Peace in Tulsa on Friday. The owner, Phil McArthur, said that he had no knowledge of what happened to the animals and that the disposal had been subcontracted out.

Clients who dropped their animals off to be cremated at Pets at Peace are demanding answers.

Byron Raleigh contacted FOX23 after he saw the report on the incident in Okmulgee.

Raleigh told FOX23 that he took his beloved dog, Missy, to be cremated at Pets at Peace on the 10th of September but 16 days passed and he didn’t receive his animal.

“We hadn’t heard anything about what was going on with her cremation,” said Raleigh.

HE said fear set in when he heard what happened to the animals in Okmulgee County. The incident in Beggs happened on the 12th and he dropped off Missy on the 10th.

“I was afraid that she had been included in that and I could get the owner of Pets at Peace to call me back,” said Raleigh.

On Friday afternoon Raleigh’s fear turned into relief.

The Raleigh’s veterinarian called to tell them that Pet’s at Peace had delivered Missy’s remains in an Urn.

Byron said that he is thankful that Missy is back home but he said that he shouldn’t have had to worry so much.

“This could have all been answered with a call back,” said Raleigh, “We are relieved that we have her, I hope we do.”

Brittany Jeffers spoke with the owner of Pets at Peace. McArthur stressed that out of the 40 burned animals found in Beggs, only one was scheduled for a private cremation. The rest of the animals were considered ‘common’ which mean they’re to be cremated with other animals and the ashes aren’t returned to the owner. McArthur said that he keeps a log of all of the private cremations and if people have questions they should continue to call.

The investigation has been turned over to the Okmulgee County District Attorney’s Office.

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Summershandy - 9/28/2013 2:11 PM
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Phil (pets at peace owner) And Tessa (animal control authority or ACA owner) have been doing this for years. This is just the first time they were caught. Tessa is the "sub-contractor" Phil referred to. As for the Okmulgee sheriffs office. Well Tessa's husband (deputy Scott Ray) is the deputy doing the investigation. What better way to sweep it all under the rug.
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