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Woman arrested in 2-year old animal cruelty case

Posted at 10:08 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 11:08:25-04

A Tulsa woman has been arrested after being charged with animal cruelty in 2017.

LaTonya Woodfork was arrested by Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies on Monday and was released on bond, jail records stated.

Back in November 2016, a Tulsa Animal Control Officer made contact with Woodfork after the officer was sent to a residence in the 2000 block of North Xanthus Place in reference to an injured dog, court records said.

Court records stated that Woodfork told the officer that the 6-year-old dog had escaped from the backyard and when it returned, it was limping and crawling on its belly.

Woodfork told the officer the dog had suffered the injury four months prior, but couldn't afford the surgery, the affidavit said.

In the court affidavit, the officer said when they saw the dog at first it looked to have a fractured leg and open sores.

The next day, the officer told Woodfork reached out to a veterinarian that was willing to take on the case and treat the dog, court records said.

Court records said two days later, Woodfork contacted the officer and said they were unable to raise the funds and could no longer care for the dog and asked for the officer to come to pick up the dog, which they did.

The dog was transported to the City of Tulsa Animal Shelter, where it was discovered that the dog "no longer had a foot and had been walking on a patch of skin," the affidavit stated.

Court documents also stated that the dog had a raw bone protruding from the end of his leg.

When contacted by the officer, Woodfork stated she "knew the foot was gone because the dog had been chewing on the foot since the incident happened four months prior, but did not know how to care for the dog," the affidavit said.

After the dog was euthanized, court records stated, it was examined by a veterinarian, who discovered the dog's left front leg was missing below the carpal joint.

The veterinarian also stated the dog had no metacarpal or carpal bones present, court records stated.

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