ENID, Okla. — An Enid man has been charged with cruelty for failing to provide care for a brown Lab mix earlier this summer.
Jason Earl Warner, 45, faces up to five years in prison or up to a year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000 on the charge. Warner was charged Monday with the felony, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Bond on the warrant is set at $2,500.
The charge accuses Warner of willfully depriving a dog of necessary food, drink, shelter and veterinary care to prevent it from suffering.
Enid Police Department Officer Christian Owusu responded July 17, 2019, to 605 N. 8th to assist Animal Control in a removing a neglected dog from the residence, according to an affidavit filed in the case. Owusu spoke with Animal Control officers Jaycee Keller and Christiana Whitmore, and they advised a neighbor called reporting the dog had no water and appeared to be in bad condition.
Owusu went to the back yard and saw a brown Lab that appeared "tiny" and too weak to stand on its own, according to the affidavit. Owusu noted the dog was in a "repugnant environment," its hair was covered in fleas and the animal had multiple open wounds on its skin.
Whitmore told Owusu the dog had open wounds on both ears due to fly bites and loss of fur, according to the affidavit. The dog also had few teeth, and its canine teeth had been broken or filed down.
Keller told Owusu the animal had no proper shelter due to the dog house buried in the dirt appearing too small for the dog, according to the affidavit. Keller also said the dog had flies all over it, and it was bleeding from both ears.
Owusu spoke with the neighbor, who said he had not seen the owner attend to the dog since he moved into the neighborhood 10 days before, according to the affidavit. The man said he saw the dog did not have water to drink. The man said he gave the dog some water and contacted Animal Control.
Owusu noted the dog was impounded and seized by Animal Control to be transported to a veterinary clinic for proper care. Animal Control reports the dog is doing well at this time and is being held pending the conclusion of the case.