Pit Bulls found abandoned, emaciated; cruelty charges filed agai

Pit Bulls found abandoned, emaciated; cruelty charges filed against MWC man

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The Midwest City Police Department said one man has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty after two severely emaciated dogs were found abandoned at an apartment.

Police said they were called to the Willow Creek Apartments on July 11. The apartment manager said the maintenance supervisor found the animals in an apartment that had been without power since a fire at a neighboring apartment on June 3.

The manager said Corey Harrison, 27, had lived in the unit until June 19. That's when Harrison moved out with his belongings with the exception of a two-year-old pit bull and pit bull puppy.

Police said the animals were found nearly a month later and were severely emaciated. They were taken to a local vet and put in the intensive care unit.

Chief Brandon Clabes said it's been years since he's seen anything like this.

"This is one of the most egregious animal cruelty cases we have seen in a long time," Chief Brandon Clabes said.

The apartment manager said Harrison had moved to a different unit in the same complex. Police arrived at that apartment and talked to Harrison. He said he left them in the apartment because they needed to be bathed. He also told police that he planned to bring them to his new unit once they were cleaned up but he never did it.

The probable cause affidavit says Harrison told police that he would check on the dogs and knew there was something wrong with them. Police say he could not explain why he didn't seek medical attention for the animals.

The Oklahoma County District Attorney filed two animal cruelty charges against Harrison on Wednesday. He's not in custody.

The Bella Foundation was called by Midwest City Animal Control to help with the rescue. The 2-year-old dog has been cleared by the vet and is already in the Foundation's foster program.

The puppy was unable to raise its head and was believed that he would have to be euthanized when he was first found. The Bella Foundation says the puppy is fighting but is in extremely serious condition and it's unclear if he will survive.

Cherokee Ballard with the Bella Foundation said police originally thought the younger puppy was dead when they first walked into the apartment. It wasn't until the puppy wagged his tail that they realized he was still alive.

The Bella Foundation wrote on Facebook that a donation site will be set up in the next few days to care for these two dogs and to ensure other dogs receive life-saving care. Click here for more information on the Bella Foundation.
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