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September 7, 2012

DA Steidley has new lead, reopens dog dragging case

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CLAREMORE —

Calls with that kind of information should be directed to 918-341-3620. 

Rogers County Scott Walton told the Claremore Progress that a man had come forward, but was not a person of interest. The person said he found the dog, which was on his property, and shot it to put it out of its misery. When the smell of the dog became too bad, he tied wire around the legs and pulled it to the side of the road.

A $10,000 reward was offered for tips that lead to the capture of the person or persons responsible.

The reward was offered by the Humane Society of the United States, the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, supporters of the Wild Heart Ranch, an animal rehabilitation center in Claremore and former Oklahoma Sooner coach Barry Switzer. 

Walton said the dog’s owner, Melony Patton, said she was “shocked” that anyone would savagely kill a dog with no history of violence towards humans or other animals.”

“I’m angry and sad at the same time. I don’t know why anyone would do this,” Patton said.

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