14 dead dogs found in Atoka Co. ditch

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

ATOKA COUNTY, Okla. - In what very well could be a case of animal abuse in Atoka County, the bodies of 14 dogs were found in a ditch outside Tuska Saturday night. The gruesome scene left investigators searching for answers.

Atoka County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating how the dogs died and who may be behind the dumping of those bodies.

Neighbors say recent rains flooded Allison Road where those animals were found.

When the water cleared over the weekend, they discovered the dogs' bodies.

No word on any suspects.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman, Tx on Jun 7, 2007 at 09:13 AM
    To Annonymous - You just stated the exact same thing I did...killing the animals doesn't make you any better than the person that dumped them or justifies doing it. Which, to me, says that the person that dumped them (the owner more than likely) is EQUALLY as wrong as the person that killed them therefore they are BOTH responsible. So the only one suffering IS the animal because they lose their life. Being "put out of his misery" is a pretty strong statement because animals were meant to be wild.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2007 at 09:23 PM
    Bottom line, the dog owners are Ultimately responsible! the guy that posted the 1st response is totally off. hopefully All dog owners will take better control of their animals if they expect to keep them.
  • by Sue Location: Atoka on Jun 6, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    A lot of assumptions are being made here by commentors. The story that I read did not say how the dogs were killed and there were no suspects. So no one knows why yet. I do know that ranchers often have problems with people allowing their dogs to run free. The dogs will sometimes form packs and run together. Dogs who run in packs will do things that a single dog wouldn't try (just like people) and they will often chase and even kill cattle and other livestock just because it's fun to them. A lot of ranchers say that the dog owners won't do anything to stop it even when the rancher asks them to. A calf that has been killed by a dog pack is money lost for the rancher. If the owner won't stop the dog, the rancher assumes the owner doesn't care about the dog. That may not be what happened here, but it could be. It all boils down to irresponsible owners. Dogs do sometimes escape, but not often if you have good fencing. Their owners should keep them home.
  • by Former MP Dog Handler on Jun 5, 2007 at 11:13 PM
    I never met a dog that didn't bite.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2007 at 11:06 PM
    adoption is all good and well, but the fact remains, hanging 1 man for 14 deaths vs 14 irresponsible owners. how would you decide if you were a sitting judge? 15 hangings or not?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2007 at 10:52 PM
    most animals that are picked up by the dog catcher are put to sleep within 3 days if not claimed or adopted. in bigger cities the animals are used for medical testing which is certainly beneficial to people. we are the superior race and all others are expendable.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2007 at 10:33 PM
    anonymous in sherman, I eat god's creatures everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. the "only one suffering" is the animal that has to be put out of his misery because of owner neglect. the point is ALL THE OWNERS NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE PERIOD! Don't hang 1 guy for protecting his property and children, when 14 owners are at fault.
  • by Former MP Dog Handler on Jun 5, 2007 at 10:16 PM
    Dogs are pack animals. there is a leader and a pecking order of obedience. Dogs consider humans as dogs that walk on 2 legs and a human will be challenged by a subordinate just to test where they fit in. I've been bit 8 times, 5 times from my own dog, and I see this same natural progression with other dogs such as pit bulls and rottweilers, dobermans, huskies, shepards, and even smaller toy animals.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2007 at 10:05 PM
    we're talking about 14 dogs here, not a single stray, I would shoot if my property was invaded be 14 wild dogs. I certainly would be fearful to have small children in the yard with such a large group of dogs.
  • by dog Location: texoma on Jun 5, 2007 at 09:54 PM
    dog lover too, the score is 14 dog owners guilty of neglegence, endangerment and animal cruelty vs 1 man who tried to clean up the mess. how do you see the score? why send 1 man to the texas rangers for this deal?
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