Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - Ashley Nicole Rodriguez, 19, of Muldrow was charged March 3 with cruelty to animals, a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000.
On Feb. 25, Muldrow Animal Control contacted police asking for a welfare check on a dog at a Muldrow residence.
When law enforcement arrived at the home, the animal control officer advised that there was a pit bull there in poor condition and that the owner had been contacted about three weeks before about the dog’s health. The owner was given three weeks to get medical help for the canine, which had recently been picked up by animal control and later returned to the owner with the understanding that an animal control officer would return to follow up.
On Feb. 25, the animal control officer received a call from the owner’s family and Muldrow Police Chief George Lawson with concerns about the dog.
When law enforcement arrived at the home, the homeowner opened the door and invited the animal control officer and police to see the dog, which had its ribs showing and a large infected wound on its back. The homeowner also told officials the animal had defecated in the house and that when she went to clean it up she found it riddled with worms and thought the dog may need help.
The homeowner then explained the dog did not belong to her but was instead owned by Rodriguez. She said Rodriguez had told her to give the animal to someone but not to allow police or animal control to take the pit bull without a warrant.
Chief Lawson then reached out to the assistant district attorney, who recommended getting a verbal order from a district judge. Once that was received, police cleared the location and removed the animal.
Andrea Adams, Staff Writer
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