North Tulsa woman gives up 25 dogs to Humane Society in exchange for criminal leniency

TULSA - Animal welfare officers were called to a Tulsa home Monday they say they've come to know well, taking 25 dogs with them as they left.

The officers were alerted to a north Tulsa homeowner housing a large number of dogs around 12:30 p.m. in the area of E. Tecumseh and North Lewis Avenue.

"When we got here, we found out that she had 30-plus animals," said Tulsa Animal Welfare officer Justin Williams.

Williams said the woman, who was not identified, has been a repeat offender of the city's animal ordinances, leading welfare officers to a compromise with the owner: the dogs were sent to the Tulsa Humane Society and, in turn, no criminal charges were filed.

"It's a rotating door. We write her tickets. She goes to court, pays her fines and just keeps doing what she's doing," Williams said. "So that's why we're trying to take a different route today."

Williams went on to say the woman thinks she is doing a good thing but is "just spread way too thin."

The dogs, which appear to be well fed, will be checked by veterinary staff at the Humane Society before going up for adoption.

MORE: Tulsa Humane Society website (http://bit.ly/1dkH2ba)

Under Tulsa city ordinance, five pets are allowed to be owned within city limits, only three of which can be dogs.

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