Outrage Sparked as Dog Found Eating Another Dog at Oklahoma Shelter

“If she was so vicious, she would have attacked the little dog that was there eating the dog with her. She never once touched that dog.”

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Questions are being raised and an investigation has apparently been launched after a video was posted showing a hungry dog eating the remains of another dog in their shared kennel at a derelict Oklahoma shelter.

Abe Thomas made a 40-second recording of a gray female pit bull picking at the hollowed chest cavity of another dog.  He went to the Idabel shelter on Tuesday to adopt a dog, and was completely horrified by what he saw.

“I couldn’t leave her there, because the dog catcher was telling me, ‘I don’t think she’s vicious,’ and I knew she wasn’t,” Thomas said.  “I told her not to eat the dog, I told her to sit there, and it took him [the dog catcher] about 30 minutes to get there, and she just sat there the whole 30 minutes, didn’t once go touch the dog.  And if she was so vicious, she would have attacked the little dog that was there eating the dog with her.  She never once touched that dog.”


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Just looking at her face and behavior in the video, it is easy to tell that this is a submissive, confused, and hungry girl.  Thomas adopted her after the incident, which has been called a misunderstanding by animal control officer Cecil Richards.

“I played with the dog at 10:30 (that morning,)” he told the World. “I went to lunch at (noon), and when I came back from lunch, I met with a guy who said he wanted to adopt a dog. That’s when we both seen it.”

Thomas is calling the dog Joy, because “she looked so joyful to be out of there.”


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Idabel mayor Tina Foshee said on Wednesday that the town will be investigating the matter.  She has declined an offer of help from Tulsa Humane Society President Gina Gardner, despite reports that the shelter ran out of food around the holidays and hasn’t made much of an effort to obtain more.

“I would feel much better if they allowed us to come down and see what’s going on,” Gardner said. “We’ve offered to vet the animals, and to go in and have a discussion with them, and see if there’s any help we can provide.

“Just for their sake, we’d like to see what exactly is going on. Maybe there’s some kind of protocol they could put in place that would prohibit this from happening.

“I would expect at any rural animal shelter to see things that could be fixed and improved very easily.  We would be coming only to share our knowledge and resources. That’s what we’ve tried to convey to them. We’re not here to take pictures to share around or to judge, but if there are problems there, they need to let us or someone else find out and help them.”



A Facebook page has been started to demand reform at the neglected shelter, in addition to the petition that is calling for Richards’ dismissal.  We do not have the evidence to back up the claims, but the petition page says this is nothing out of the ordinary for this “house of horrors:”

Dogs are dying in these kennels. Freezing to death. Starving to death. Dead bodies laying on the kennel floor for days. The other dogs are so hungry, they are forced to eat the dead dog carcasses to survive. The kennels are completely open to the elements. No heat in the winter, no air conditioning in the summer. Cecil Richards is scared of dogs. He will not even touch them. The dogs are used for target practice, being shot dead instead of humanely euthanized when the kennels are full. Cats are being caught in live traps and submerged in water, drowning inside those traps. 

The petition’s creator also says local authorities won’t even let people volunteer to help these animals.

To sign the petition, click here.  To stay up to date on the Idabel shelter, which points to a number of instances of Richards’ utter disregard for animal life, click here.

Thank you, Abe Thomas, for exposing this disgusting facility to the world, and for saving an innocent dog from its horrors.


WARNING:  This original video contains graphic images.


126 thoughts on “Outrage Sparked as Dog Found Eating Another Dog at Oklahoma Shelter

  1. I didn’t know we needed a translator for this page! This is so sad I wonder if it happens more then this! That poor baby I am glad it got adopted!

  2. Hope that place will or have been shut down. Crazy ass people. Poor animals suffering. Wish I can help this babies.

  3. This cannot be legal. In most states, shelters are regulated by some agency…dept of Ag maybe? Nonetheless, there needs to be legal intervention immediately. The animal control officers are charged with upholding the laws regarding neglect and abuse, which surely should also apply to municipal shelters.

  4. It is amazing that we HUMANS can lock a criminal up and they have more rights than people on the streets yet these poor helpless creatures are locked and treated like Mexico prisoners. What gives. Feed them and give them proper care or GET OUT OF THIS BUSINESS. It sure lookes like they all feed their fat faces.

  5. This is disgusting and so inhumane. If we as human beings don’t stand up and speak for those who cannot, then this world is hopeless.


    I am so happy this poor baby has been adopted. Rest in peace to the poor little soul who didn’t make it 🙁 xo ♡

  8. I’m really sick of reading this kind of news! Who was taking the video? Why was it allowed? This poor dog had to go extremes to survive.

  9. I am absolutely sick to my stomach!!!! This is just Horrible and Horrying! I Hope to God that FAT F..K is getting what he has coming to him and Someone Can take over or adopt these animals to take care of them Please!!!

  10. I can only pray that someone is working on getting the bastards that are responsible into either a jail or a deep hole in the ground.

  11. Hearing about stuff like this makes me wish I wasn’t human. Poor dogs don’t deserve shit like that happening with them. This is a despicable action based on so many levels.

  12. How shelter like this exist … Sorry but don’t the supposed to help animals … Don’t look like it. Close this disgusting shelter down … And open ones who help them

  13. Yup. people suck. What I honestly feel that the persons who commit these obscenities deserve is not printable. This hurts my heart for the victims but also hurts my heart that any living human being can be responsible for such insane, heartless cruelty. I am so very sorry for these pups as well as all of the other severly abused animals.

  14. It’s quite obvious the animals at this facility are NOT being fed. Someone needs to be fired and maybe find a person who actually CARES!

  15. The mayor looks like a joke. Looks like she is more interested in getting her hair done and getting a fake tan.

  16. I would trust that dog any day than that person any day, thus saying that i would trust a wild animal than a human.

  17. poor doggie. it was survival mode. glad he’s been adopted. I hope the person who caused this life for the dog be eaten alive by maggots.

  18. What is wrong with these shelters these days and these people who are supposed to help these animals. They need to be checked on more often. Very sad,!

  19. I don’t understand why the humane society is trying to be nice to these people? If they aren’t feeding them, its animal cruelty plain and simple. it doesn’t matter if its a government organization doing it or an individual. The government is not above the law. Get in there humane society and do something!

  20. Thank you Abe Thomas for bringing this to the public to see. You are obviously a better person than the mayor of Idabel…you went to a shelter to adopt and you showed the guts and compassion to expose this horror! If this is how the animal shelter is run I cringe at the thought of how child welfare issues are responded to in that town. Sounds like another self proclaimed supposedly”lovely little town with family values ” ,where city officials and administrators pay themselves well, drive big cars, and neglect their jobs even if means obscenely neglecting and abusing the place they supposedly “serve”.

  21. Sign the petition linked to the article. Maybe they will save these animals and prosecute this man. This is disgusting. No animal should be treated like this.

    1. I completely agree. The Mayor needs a real wake up call. To deny help from the Humane Society is completely wrong. If the state of OK doesn’t want to get involved, then there are federal laws that will address the Mayor’s ignorance. But I must say – rural animal control facilities are known for their lack of concern for humane treatment of animals.

  22. My heart grieves for all animals living in such conditions. Much love and appreciation to all those who work to change things like this for the better <3

  23. My heart grieves for all animals living in such conditions. Much love and appreciation to all those who work to change things like this for the better <3

  24. If you look at most of those dogs, they are starving! That female pitbull is so lucky this man took her home. Those dogs are dirty and unhealthy! The Human Society should investigate and close the shelter’s doors. I’m writing to them now!

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