Porter man arrested in ‘appalling’ animal cruelty case

Porter man arrested in ‘appalling’ animal cruelty case
Oct. 16, 2020 -- The owner of the animals, Kerry E. Yochum was arrested on 42 counts of animal cruelty and transferred to the Creek Nation Lighthorse jail. (Wagoner County jail)

PORTER, Okla. — A Porter man was arrested this week on dozens of counts of animal cruelty, according to the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they responded to a home in the 20800 block of South 381st street in Porter on Wednesday for reports of animal cruelty.

When deputies arrived to the home, they saw three horses, a cow, bull and heifer bound up all to different fixed objects throughout the property, the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

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There was also a small building in the back of the home that had 36 dogs, with no access to food or water and appeared malnourished, the sheriff’s office said.

“When deputies entered the building with the dogs, they observed a large amount of feces in the cages that held the dogs,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. “The dogs had no water in their bowls readily available and the cages that held the dogs were infested with maggots and bugs.”

Deputies were able to relocate the animals to a safe place.

“I was appalled at the conditions that these animals were living in,” Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott said. “I am grateful that we have such wonderful citizens in Porter that met with deputies and agreed to care for these abused animals until they could be placed in a safe home.”

The owner of the animals, Kerry E. Yochum was arrested on 42 counts of animal cruelty and transferred to the Creek Nation Lighthorse jail.