12 animal carcasses found dumped in north Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — WARNING: The photos and some descriptions in this story may contain images too graphic for some viewers.

Sasha Smith, founder of Mercy Sakes 2nd Chance Animal Rescue and Marcia Reynolds, adoption coordinator with the rescue came across an animal dumping ground around Yale and Apache in North Tulsa Saturday, Jan. 8.

Smith and Reynolds, were looking for injured dogs around 1:30 p.m. in the area, when they discovered a trash bag on the side of the road.

“You could see the head and a snout in the bag. There were two bags right next to it that also had dogs in it,” said Smith.

According to Smith, she recalls seeing a German Shepard, a Rottweiler, and a Pit Bull amongst the K9s and with no signs of trauma.

“Bags with deceased dogs and maggots, some with collars, some without,” described Reynolds. “One just laid on top of a pink comforter. Some of the dogs were all the wrapped in the same same kind of double bag.”

The found a total of eight dogs, two deer and two animal carcasses that were too decomposed to identify.

A call to Jamee Suarez-Howard, founder of Oklahoma Animal Alliance was made. When Suarez-Howard met Smith and Reynolds at the location she said the stench was overwhelming.

Tulsa Animal Welfare (TAW) was called out to collect evidence, for a possible investigation.

“We don’t know how the dogs died, until the bodies are looked at to determine if there is any visible trauma, or a necropsy is done,” said Suarez Howard. “All will be scanned for microchips.”

Suarez-Howard believes this may be individuals in the community who don’t know what to do when their pet dies.

Reynolds says it is illegal to bury a pet that has passed away in a back yard in Tulsa, but it is also illegal to dump your animals. If you can’t afford cremation or communal burial from a vet’s office, Reynolds believes you can call the city to remove the animal.

Smith states this is the third time she has found dead dogs in this area.

On June 25, 2021, Smith discovered three deceased dogs in the same location.

On July 28th, 2021 Smith found a large dog with several puppies that were dead.

“I was heartbroken and angry. I wondered if they were missing pets. I wondered if they froze. The shelter is literally one street over,” expressed Smith.

Smith, Reynolds and Suarez-Howard hoped an investigation by TAW will uncover the mystery of why these dogs continue to be discarded like trash in this area.

Unfortunately, according to the City of Tulsa, TAW will not be investigating these deaths, as they have not located any owners of the deceased animals.