A Tishomingo woman is facing two felony complaints for cruelty to animals after police allegedly found two dogs in her care in poor condition.
According to Johnston County court documents filed Nov. 15, Loretta Ann Taylor, 56, is accused of “willfully and cruelly” abusing a brown Labrador Retriever mixed breed and a white mixed breed.
On Oct. 29, the retriever mix was allegedly found chained to a tree at the 900 block of N. Maytubby without adequate food, water or shelter; and the white mixed breed was allegedly found tied to a fence post with a cable in the area with similar conditions.
While animal protection laws vary by state, Oklahoma Statute Title 21, section 1685 dictates that depriving an animal of necessary food, drink or shelter, among other things, is a felony crime.
Cruelty to animals is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both. If found guilty, Taylor could face up to 10 years in jail or a $10,000 fine, or both a fine and imprisonment.