A Tulsa County man faces 160 charges of animal cruelty after lawmakers said they found more than 100 animals living in small cages without food or water in his home.
The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says it’s hard to guess from the outside what was going on at the property near Collinsville. They say what they found inside the house was shocking.
Representatives and the Humane Society of Tulsa confiscated 128 live chickens, 14 dead chickens, a pigeon, a donkey, 15 live goats and a dead goat.
The conditions inside the home, where more than 100 chickens were found, were uninhabitable, said Tulsa Humane Society President Jenna Gardner, and Casey Roebuck of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
“There is no doubt that more animals would have died if we had not intervened if the mayor had not,” Gardner said.
Roebuck described swarms of flies – and the air choked with the stench of rotting animals.
“These are not conditions in which it is legal to keep a living creature,” Roebuck said. “Inside the house when the door is opened, you can smell animal feces and even death.”
Representatives immediately arrested Samuel Smith and took him to the Tulsa County Jail.
The animals were taken to the Humane Society of Tulsa for treatment.
Gardner says survivors are making great strides in their recovery.
“They were really predatory,” she said. “They were very thirsty and hungry.”
“Today it was better and more informative to see how well they did the business in just one day.”