UPDATE: The owner of two dogs who were found abandoned earlier this month in a Midwest City apartment complex is now behind bars.
Authorities say Corey Harrison turned himself in at the Oklahoma County Jail on Wednesday morning.
Officials say one of the two dogs has died.
UPDATE: The Bella Foundation says it created a donation site for the dogs, who have been named Sarge and Payton.
Payton is already in his new foster home.
The foundation says its donation site has already received over $3,500 for their care, close to the group’s $5,000 goal.
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MIDWEST CITY – Authorities in Midwest City have filed charges against an Oklahoma man for animal cruelty.
Earlier this month, officers were called to the Midwest City Animal Shelter after workers reported two severely emaciated dogs.
Animal control officers say they were called to the Willowcreek Apartments after a maintenance supervisor found abandoned animals in a unit.
Authorities learned 27-year-old Corey Harrison had moved out of the apartment, which had been without power since a fire in early June.
Apartment managers say Harrison moved out on June 19, leaving the dogs behind in a cage without sufficient food or water.
Midwest City police say the animals were severely emaciated and had to be transported to a veterinary hospital, where they were placed in the intensive care unit.
The neglect was so bad, one of the dogs was not even able to raise its head.
According to probable cause affidavit, the officers found Harrison, who said he left the dogs behind because they needed to be “bathed.”
He told police he planned to move them after they were cleaned.
The affidavit claims he also admitted to knowing something was wrong with the dogs but did not seek medical attention for them.
Harrison is now facing a charge of cruelty to animals.
The Bella Foundation SPCA says it is funding the dogs’ veterinary care and will find foster homes for them once they are well.
The first dog, a 2-year-old pitt bull, has already been cleared by veterinary personnel and is part of the group’s foster program.
The second dog, a 6-month-old pitt bull puppy, is still fighting for his life.
The shelter says his condition is extremely serious and it is unclear if he will survive.
The Bella Foundation says it will establish a donation site to help pay for the dogs’ care.