Animal cruelty investigation underway after horse dies in Skiatook

VIDEO: Police investigating after finding malnourished animals in Skiatook

SKIATOOK, Okla. — An animal cruelty investigation is underway after officers pulled a horse out of an icy pond in Skiatook.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office told FOX23 that Skiatook police were flagged down by someone who saw the horse in the pond near 126th Street North and North Lewis Avenue on January 9. Two officers pulled the horse from the pond and covered it with blankets and hay to try to keep it warm.

A veterinarian was called out to the scene to examine the horse before putting it down.

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Deputies said they found several thin and weak looking horses as well as a horse carcass on the woman's property where the other horse was found. The woman told them they are wild horses.

The homeowner told FOX23 "Ot's not what it seems." She has hired an attorney who is not commenting at this time.

The sheriff's office said they have previously contacted the woman about animal welfare and are now saying she did not take the proper steps to fix the problem.

Deputies with the help of the Humane Society of Tulsa and Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue returned to the property February 14 to seize the 31 horses, 7 dogs, and 3 pigs at the home.

The horses will be taken to Blaze Horse Rescue and the pigs and dogs will be going to the Tulsa Humane Society.

Once the investigation is complete, findings will be turned over to the DAs office who can proceeed with criminal charges.

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