As with many other businesses, the Tulsa SPCA has had to make painful changes to the way we operate in order to protect our employees during the COVID-19 crisis. One of those changes is to our Cruelty Investigation Program.

The Tulsa SPCA is not a government agency and therefore has no legal authority to take any action in a cruelty case; therefore, we depend on education and voluntary cooperation from the people we visit.

When there is no cooperation, or we believe there is a violation of the law, we must turn the situation over to Tulsa Animal Welfare or the appropriate local municipality for action.

Because our normal efforts require close interaction but no ability to enforce, we made the difficult decision to halt those actions to protect the health of our investigator.

For the foreseeable future, our cruelty investigator continues to serve area dogs and cats, and their human companions, by making no-contact drop-offs of food and dog houses (while supplies last) as well as flea/tick and heartworm preventatives (some restrictions apply).

Everyone at the Tulsa SPCA continues to work every day because each of us truly believes in our mission to improve the lives of dogs and cats, and their human companions. The decision to pull back our operations weighs heavy on us, and we did our best to offer assistance where we can while keeping staff safe.

Additionally, he is responding via phone or email to cruelty reports and offering suggestions for next steps.

The Tulsa SPCA employs a trained cruelty investigator to verify reports of animal abuse and neglect in the Tulsa area. This program is supported entirely by donations and receives on average 15 calls and emails daily. Although we are not a law enforcement agency, our program works in association with law enforcement and municipal officials to rescue abused and neglected animals. We also assist with documentation toward prosecution of individuals for animal cruelty in accordance with Oklahoma statutes.

The cats and dogs we rescue receive complete veterinary evaluations, medical care, rehabilitation, and an abundance of loving care during their recovery at the Tulsa SPCA shelter. When they are ready, we help connect each rescue to a home filled with kindness and caring. If you suspect animal abuse or neglect, please fill out the form below or call the Tulsa SPCA at 918-428-7722 ext. 1023.

All reports are kept confidential.
 

 

Never attempt to rescue an animal from a potentially abusive or neglectful environment yourself. Not only can it potentially be unsafe, but also it is illegal to enter people’s property and take the animal from them without permission.

HOW CAN I HELP?

CRUELTY OR NEGLECT
To report a case of animal cruelty please fill out the online form Cruelty Report Form above.

HOT CAR
Please contact Tulsa Police Department’s Animal Control unit at the non-emergency number (918) 596-9222 to report a dog locked in a hot car.

MOVING VEHICLE
In Tulsa, please call 911 to report an unsecured dog traveling in the bed of an open pickup truck as an unsecured load moving violation. Outside of Tulsa, this may not be a moving violation. Please call your local police department’s non-emergency number. (Title 37 Tulsa Revised Traffic Code, Ch. 7. Equipment Requirements § 737. Unsecured Vehicle Loads)

Cruelty to animals is a crime. Oklahoma State Law requires food, water, shelter and veterinary care to prevent suffering. Failure to provide these basic necessities is a felony violation.

NEGLECT
Severe animal neglect can cause incredible pain and suffering to an animal. Examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and failure to seek veterinary care when an animal needs medical attention.

CRUELTY
Active cruelty implies malicious intent, where a person has deliberately and intentionally caused harm to an animal. In Oklahoma, it is against the law to mistreat, abuse, or neglect an animal. That includes a number of kinds of cruelty-to-animals offenses, including:

  • Willful torture, or the killing or other destruction of an animal;
  • Beating, maiming, or otherwise injuring an animal;
  • Depriving any animal of food, water, shelter, or veterinary care necessary to prevent suffering;
  • Causing, or participating in any way, or permitting an animal to be beaten, injured, tortured, destroyed, or killed;
  • Starting or participating in any act of cruelty to any animal.

Oklahoma Statute title 21 § 1685 PENALTIES Penalties vary according to the statute violated. In general, cruelty to animals in Oklahoma is a felony crime punishable by up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. Oklahoma Statute title 21 § 168 Misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $500. Oklahoma Statute title 21 § 1692.8

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7 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

Dear Facebook Friends...my name is Tom Cat. I am currently in foster care, but would love to find my forever home. I am a little over a year old, I like to cuddle, and I would make a great companion, especially now when people are safer at home. If you are interested in adding me to your family, you can fill out an adoption application (tulsaspca.org/adoptable-cats/) and if approved, arrange for a no-contact pick up. I hope to hear from you soon! ❤️ Tom 🐱 ...

Dear Facebook Friends...my name is Tom Cat. I am currently in foster care, but would love to find my forever home. I am a little over a year old, I like to cuddle, and I would make a great companion, especially now when people are safer at home. If you are interested in adding me to your family, you can fill out an adoption application (https://tulsaspca.org/adoptable-cats/) and if approved, arrange for a no-contact pick up. I hope to hear from you soon! ❤️ Tom 🐱

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Tom is such a loving, sweet boy

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11 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

#knowthefacts ...

#knowthefacts

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If you would like to review the sources we used for #knowthefacts, please visit these sites: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGk1slF0rD0&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3cCdfTc6r0py88XztmF6rmhFFMXEu6LtA...

Another great reason to take precautions, as if we needed more.. Being separated from our sweet little dog would be so difficult. Gotta stay healthy so I can continue with uninterrupted dog-cuddles. 💕

It's not about the animal getting sick, its about not knowing how long the virus will last in their fur and on their skin and you could reinfect yourself, or anyone else who might pet the animal.

A lotta crap. I have 2 inside cats plus a dog and 8 cats that stay outside.

There is no evidence of zootonic transfer of COVID-19 to pets from humans or from Pets to humans. Quit telling unfounded rumors.

No more feeding the feral strays for me.

Emphasis on IF YOUR INFECTED.

Source? This post contradicts what the experts have been saying.

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16 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

PUPPY PADS NEEDED! Stewart is just one of several puppies available for adoption at the Tulsa SPCA. He is currently with a foster family, as all of our adoptable pets are. One benefit to fostering a pet from the Tulsa SPCA is that our organization provides all the necessities - food, puppy pads, leash, harness, etc. With so many pets in foster care, the need for supplies increases. If you would like to help out, please consider a donation of puppy pads using our AmazonSmile Charity Wish List located here smile.amazon.com/gp/clpf/ref=smi_se_clpf_rd_clpf. Look for AmazonBasics Dog and Puppy Training Pads, Heavy Duty & Regular when you get to the site. Your purchase will be sent directly to the Tulsa SPCA. If you prefer to donate directly to help us offset the revenue we are losing during this critical time, please use the button below. We cannot do what we do without your support, and we are grateful to each and every one of you! ...

PUPPY PADS NEEDED! Stewart is just one of several puppies available for adoption at the Tulsa SPCA. He is currently with a foster family, as all of our adoptable pets are. One benefit to fostering a pet from the Tulsa SPCA is that our organization provides all the necessities - food, puppy pads, leash, harness, etc. With so many pets in foster care, the need for supplies increases. If you would like to help out, please consider a donation of puppy pads using our AmazonSmile Charity Wish List located here https://smile.amazon.com/gp/clpf/ref=smi_se_clpf_rd_clpf. Look for AmazonBasics Dog and Puppy Training Pads, Heavy Duty & Regular when you get to the site. Your purchase will be sent directly to the Tulsa SPCA. If you prefer to donate directly to help us offset the revenue we are losing during this critical time, please use the button below. We cannot do what we do without your support, and we are grateful to each and every one of you!

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We’ll bring our leftovers to you when ours gets adopted this week❤️

Clint Haight

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