TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A judge allows an animal cruelty charge to stand for a man accused of hanging a dog that came onto his southeast Tulsa County property earlier this year.
An attorney for 59-year-old George Henry Roberts argued in a hearing yesterday that authorities waited 16 days before recovering the animal's remains. By then, the dog had begun to rot and decompose, requiring its disposal.
Sheriff's deputy Joe E. Peters said the dog was hanging an inch or two above the ground by a rope strung between two trees.
Peters says he was ordered to leave with just the rope and a dog collar after dispatchers advised him that Roberts told them he had a gun and would shoot.
Judge Dana Kuehn set a May 4th trial date for Roberts.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
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