GRAPHIC: Man claims dog was left to eat carcass inside city pound

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IDABEL, Okla.– The Idabel pound has been around for decades, but now many people are raising questions about the treatment of the animals.

One animal control officer has worked at the facility for more than 20 years and never had a problem.

However, a video surfaced of a dog eating another’s carcass, which is causing concerns among the community.

“I was looking over there because I saw something red on the floor. And when I has walked over there, she was eating the dog,” said Abe Thomas.

The pound is overseen by the police department, which launched an investigation when the video surfaced.

Some believe the carcass was fed to the dog.

“That’s absolutely ridiculous for somebody to believe something such as that,” said Tina Foshee-Thomas, Mayor of Idabel.

Cecil Richards says when he left the facility around 10 a.m. that morning, everything was fine.

He claims the dogs were even playing with each other.

When he returned hours later, he met the man who shot the disturbing video.

“I’m not for sure, but I want to say the dog was sick because there was no puncture on the dog around its neck,” he said.

While the dog’s bones are showing, Cecil says she was only there four days and did not have time to gain weight.

He also says that all dogs are fed once a day.

Rod Hall, a veterinarian for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, says there are no specific laws on disposing an animal carcass.

“I have never heard of another dog eating a dog’s carcass unless it was very, very hungry,” Hall said.

Abe Thomas, who shot the video, says he rescued the dog from the shelter.

“It wasn’t right. It wasn’t right for a dog to be doing that. And if she was being taken care of, she wouldn’t be eating a dog like that,” he said.

Thomas says he decided to rescue the dog to ensure she wouldn’t be blamed for the dog’s death.

“Being that she’s a pit bull and the situation she was put in. It wasn’t her fault that she was eating that dog. They’re going to blame her instead of the one who should be blamed,” he said.

Thomas says he is working with several animal groups to find the dog a permanent home.

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