People running into unexpected obstacles trying to get their dogs after trainer's home searched

Posted at 8:20 PM, Mar 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 21:20:42-05

TULSA - The Humane Society of Tulsa is still responsible for holding a lot of animals after the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office picked up more than 100 from a trainer's home in February. 

A Tulsa woman's children were ecstatic when their family's dog had adorable puppies. 

"He was a pretty good little puppy with all his little crazy siblings," said Tabitha Adams. 

One in particular could fit in the palm of her hand. 

"And I decided it would be neat to go ahead and donate a puppy to be trained," she said. 

She'd seen good reviews for Marj the Dog Trainer and took the dog to her. 

"A family would be selected that he would go to."

But, soon after she saw the cages stacked upon cages of animals at Satterfield's home on television. 

"How in the world would you let yourself get to that point?"

Tabitha panicked, worried about where the dog was she'd donated. 

"I finally found out that they do definitely have him."

He was at the humane society, but because she'd donated him, pictures alone weren't enough to get him back. 

 "They do have to go through adoption processes like everyone else," said Humane Society of Tulsa President Gina Gardner. 

The Humane Society is now trying to vet private requests for animals that, on paper, belonged to Satterfield. 

"They may have been a breeder or person that donated the animal and didn't realize where it was going to," Gardner said. 

The humane society said the 79 animals still in its possession aren't service dogs, and their fear is people will take the dogs back to Satterfield for training, because some already have. 

They said it's their responsibility to make sure that doesn't happen. 

"I found out he will be neutered before I get him back, which of course that was a little, slightly upsetting," Adams said. 

She can't show the dog if it's neutered, and she doesn't believe his breed should be neutered this early. 

"We are a licensed facility and by statute every animal that we release has to be spayed and neutered, vaccinated, that type of thing," Gardner said.

They'll also be chipped, and people will have to pay $100 for an adoption fee. 

"I guess I understand the legal aspect of it, it's just frustrating," said Adams. 

She isn't upset with the humane society, but the circumstances a precious, furry blessing ended up in in the first place. 

"I did a good deed of donating the puppy to try to help a situation, a family and now it's more of kind of I'm paying for that." 

Friday more animals from Satterfield's home were adopted, but right now it's not doing public adoptions; only people who can identify the animals. 

2 Works for You reached ou to Satterfield's attorney, he said said she had no comment.

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