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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9 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

Tomorrow is Tuesday and you know what that means! The Tulsa SPCA Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic will be open from 9:30am-3pm (closed 12:30-1pm). First come, first served. Your pets rely on you to keep them healthy. We hope to see you tomorrow to do just that! Services and pricing can be found at tulsaspca.org/low-cost-vaccine-clinic/. ...

Tomorrow is Tuesday and you know what that means! The Tulsa SPCA Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic will be open from 9:30am-3pm (closed 12:30-1pm). First come, first served. Your pets rely on you to keep them healthy. We hope to see you tomorrow to do just that! Services and pricing can be found at https://tulsaspca.org/low-cost-vaccine-clinic/.

14 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

TULSA SPCA CAT OF THE WEEK! Last week, we introduced you to Macy. This week, we invite you to meet Chloe, Macy's best friend. We would love for the two of them to go home together and since Chloe is six years old, she can be adopted on a "name your price adoption fee" basis! Chloe and Macy would be so grateful to be adopted together. You can inquire about both of them at tulsaspca.org/adoptable-cats. #tulsaspca #catoftheweek #adoptdontshop ...

TULSA SPCA CAT OF THE WEEK! Last week, we introduced you to Macy. This week, we invite you to meet Chloe, Macys best friend. We would love for the two of them to go home together and since Chloe is six years old, she can be adopted on a name your price adoption fee basis! Chloe and Macy would be so grateful to be adopted together. You can inquire about both of them at tulsaspca.org/adoptable-cats. #tulsaspca #catoftheweek #adoptdontshop

15 hours ago

Tulsa SPCA

WE NEED COLLARS! We try to make sure every dog that comes to our rescue gets their own brand new collar & leash, and it's time for us to stock up. We need about 100 collars.

Canis Gear has very good quality fabric Martingale Collars (they make it much harder for a foster dog to back out of a collar and get loose). Adjustable Collars are available for about $3 per collar, sold in packs of 10. We have the greatest need for size Medium & Large. VISIT CANIS GEAR STORE at canisgear.com/collections/all and scroll down to the Martingale section. We prefer green, but if they are sold out, we can use other colors!

USE CODE 2020 AT CHECKOUT FOR FREE SHIPPING. Our Shipping Address is: 3000 Mohawk Blvd., Tulsa, OK 74110. We cannot thank you enough for your support!
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WE NEED COLLARS! We try to make sure every dog that comes to our rescue gets their own brand new collar & leash, and its time for us to stock up. We need about 100 collars. 

Canis Gear has very good quality fabric Martingale Collars (they make it much harder for a foster dog to back out of a collar and get loose). Adjustable Collars are available for about $3 per collar, sold in packs of 10. We have the greatest need for size Medium & Large. VISIT CANIS GEAR STORE at https://canisgear.com/collections/all and scroll down to the Martingale section. We prefer green, but if they are sold out, we can use other colors!

USE CODE 2020 AT CHECKOUT FOR FREE SHIPPING. Our Shipping Address is: 3000 Mohawk Blvd., Tulsa, OK 74110. We cannot thank you enough for your support!

Comment on Facebook WE NEED COLLARS! We ...

Ordered some for you. Thank you for helping all those doggies. 🐶 💜

10 large green collars are on there way 💕

10 medium and 10 large heading your way!

Sent you an order! Thank you for the work you do!

What leashes do you get and do they match the collars? When I do it I would like to do both collar and leash.

Aww Miss Cookie!

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