Picture at animal shelter raises questions about conditions

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 11/20/2012 9:12 am Published: 11/19/2012 9:50 pm

A picture shared on Facebook has brought conditions at a Nowata Animal Shelter into question.

That picture came with a caption that has made some wonder if at least 20 dogs were left in the cold.

“Much ado about nothing," said Nowata City Manager, Walter Love.

The caption that came with the image claimed a pug-mix; named Mitzi was curled up in her food bowl, freezing because heat wasn't available.

The Facebook post was enough to move a bunch of angry people to leave caretaker, Bill Bright some pretty icy messages.

"People are calling, telling me all day yesterday that I need to be put in jail for animal cruelty," said Bright.

Bright said Sheryl snapped the photo when she dropped by the shelter over the weekend.

"I thought she was going help get some of the dogs adopted,” said Bright.

Instead, online, this is what she typed: "They have no heat,” said Sheryl. "So she sleeps in her food bowl to try and stay warm."

The heater hadn't been used, but Love said it was for good reason.

“I did not want to fire a heater that had not been safety checked first," said Love.

Love admitted, he didn't know how long it had been since this heater had been checked.

FOX23 called Bright over the weekend to talk about it. By Monday afternoon someone from a heating and air company made sure it worked properly.

The animal shelter will be getting more renovations. Roof repairs will begin next week. For more on how to adopt a pet from the shelter call the Nowata Animal Shelter at (918) 273-3531.

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tagomaly - 11/28/2012 6:49 PM
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Shame on Frank Wiley because he stated claimed that "instead" of helping the dogs get adopted, Sheryl went online to cause an uproar. I agree with YeahRight12, because Sheryl was not trying to get anyone angry about the volunteers who do the best they can, she was trying to get the dogs saved via her facebook community. What happened? The dogs are getting beds, Mitzi was already adopted along with 2 other dogs, last Friday (BECAUSE of the photo). So shame on Frank Wiley for not reporting the positive side of this story, how it turned into a good thing for the dogs, and how she tried desperately to get people to stop the online bickering and actually donate goods to this shelter.

tagomaly - 11/28/2012 6:41 PM
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okie3100: You think you know that "the lady" declined the interview? Did she? Because I happen to know, personally, that she did a phone interview because he was leaving town before she got out of work. So, why are you calling people know-it-alls, it makes me wonder if you are a teenager. But if you think that journalists don't have a responsibility to tell both sides of a story fairly, well you are just always going to be wrong and we can all just ignore your equally unfounded opinions.

YeahRight12 - 11/27/2012 2:27 PM
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To be perfectly honest, if anyone had any idea what they were talking about you would be pointing fingers at the ACO not the guy who volunteers hours per a contract for a trailer he is living in. The ACO is the one responsible for ALL of the animals in the shelter, not the volunteers or anyone else. This is the same Nowata bull, stuck on repeat. The City got rid of the previous ACO even though he was spending the majority of his time, including after hours out at that shelter trying to make sure the animals were taken care of - despite people living in the city and people who worked for the city posting hateful comments the entire time he was there. I personally think the current ACO should be locked in there with no heat over the weekend and see how he likes it since he thinks hes to good to get called out after-hours and to do anything other than sit in Cityhall while Billy was out there doing what the ACO should of been doing.

okie3100 - 11/21/2012 1:01 PM
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Concernedokie you have no idea what you are talking about. In the earlier video posted at 5:00 Mr. Love said they had milkhouse heaters in the shelter. It was only the gas heater that hadn't been checked yet. How do you know they don't have "to do" list, like we all do, that had that heater on it? Stop with the conjecture and assumptions and talking like you have a clue about how that city is run. Why shame on Frank Wiley? He gave the lady a chance to tell her side and she declined so he has no blame. You're just a know-it-all...

tagomaly - 11/20/2012 11:44 AM
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And Sheryl IS working to get these dogs adopted! She is working without rest to do so! Amend this report, because you made the concerned citizen out to be a rabble-rouser with wrong intentions!!!

ellen - 11/20/2012 7:34 AM
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Pugs and pug mixes die in extreme heat and die more slowly in the cold. Qualified pug rescues like Oklahoma's famous Outward Bound Pug Rescue could help under theses sad circumstances. How is the dog doing, may we have a picture of the animal today?

concernedokie - 11/19/2012 10:24 PM
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Although I do not believe in harassing or threatening anyone I do believe Mr. Love is full of bull. Today is November 19th, why was that heater not fixed before today?? It wasn't checked because he had no intentions of doing so until this story broke on facebook. You can try telling me it was because no one put a work order in on it but I don't believe that either. This should be routine every year. And shame on Frank Wiley--you obviously did not read all the post from Sheryl on facebook. She asked repeatedly that people NOT blame the caretaker or call and threaten him and there was much more that she wrote other than, "They have no heat,” said Sheryl. "So she sleeps in her food bowl to try and stay warm." What shotty reporting in my opinion.
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