Tulsa man arrested for leaving starving dog outside in extreme cold

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa man was arrested for animal cruelty on Thursday after police found his dog tied up outside in the extreme cold and apparently starving.

Tulsa police were called to a home near 8th and Birmingham in north Tulsa on Thursday for animal abuse.

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Posted by Tulsa Police Department on Friday, February 25, 2022

The caller said one of their neighbors had a dog tied up outside in freezing temperatures.

When police arrived they found a 22-pound bassett hound on a short leash outside one of the apartment units.

The dog appeared very thin and sick with protruding bones on its rib cage, spine and hips.

The dog was also violently shaking from the extreme cold. At the time, it was 20 degrees outside.

Officers talked with Mark Karns, who admitted the dog had been outside for 40 minutes, though witnesses said it had been several days.

Karns said he put the dog outside because it kept vomiting inside his home.

Tulsa Animal Welfare (TAW) responded and examined the dog, determining the dog needed medical attention. The dog was taken by TAW to a veterinarian, who said said the hound should be at least 40 to 60 pounds. The dog is receiving treatment in hopes of recovering.