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