No one knows what could possess anyone to bind the back legs of a friendly black Labrador retriever, drag her behind a vehicle, and shoot her. On Saturday, the lifeless body of Melony Patten's beautiful dog Jetta was found lying on the side of the road in the Rogers County town of Winganon.
According to News9.com, Melony Patten's brother found the body of her dog Jetta, who had recently given birth to nine puppies within a mile of the family home. Her back legs had been cruelly bound with steel baling wire and dragged. They do not know if she was shot first or after the torturous deed.
The family had owned the dog since Jetta was eight-weeks-old, and was never known to be aggressive although she was protective of her own family.
Patten called the Rogers County Sheriff's Office and Wild Heart Ranch, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization to help her find the culprits responsible for such a heinous crime. Together with other organizations a $4500 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person(s). A Facebook entry from Wild Heart Rescue read:
"Please allow the sheriff's department to do their job. I PROMISE you they are taking this investigation VERY seriously. No need to contact them unless you have information that will help them solve this crime.
Oklahoma's animal cruelty laws state the following:
"The operative Oklahoma cruelty (§1695) statute provides that anyone who willfully or maliciously overdrives, overloads, tortures, destroys or kills, or cruelly beats or injures, maims or mutilates any animal (wild or tame) in "subjugation or captivity" or deprives the animal of food, water, or shelter shall be guilty of a felony. Punishment under this statute involves imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding five (5) years, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one (1) year, or by a fine not exceeding Five Thousand Dollars ($5000.00). Any animal so maltreated or abused shall be considered an abused or neglected animal. Cockfighting and dogfighting provisions are also under this chapter."
If you have any information about Jetta and who is responsible, please call the Rogers County Sheriff's Office at (918)-314-3620.
Rest in peace Jetta.
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