Woman charged with animal cruelty

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ADA, Okla. (AP) - An Ada woman accused of abusing a pit bill
terrier has been charged with a felony count of animal cruelty.

Pontotoc County sheriff's deputies removed the starving dog with
maggot-infested wounds from the home of Pauletta Samis this week.
The cruelty charge was filed on Friday.

Sheriff Pete Peterson says a caller alerted deputies to the
dog's condition. Deputies found the dog tied up. A cable lock had
been wrapped around its neck twice. Its bones were visible and its
head was swollen.

The dog was taken to an animal clinic where he was given
intravenous fluids, medication and painkillers.

A veterinarian says the cable was wrapped so tightly around the
dog's neck that it had started to grow into its flesh and was
cutting off blood flow.

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