TULSA, Okla. — In a drastic turn of events, a Tulsa animal rescue has taken dogs from a shelter surrounded by controversy. Nearly all of the dogs living at the Idabel City Animal Shelter this morning are now at the Humane Society of Tulsa.
It comes exactly two weeks after a video surfaced online showing one dog eating its kennel mate.
Jenn Dunn was already inside the Humane Society of Tulsa playing with Brytus, the Huskie she removed from the Idabel Shelter one week ago.
“He originally was chained up and abandoned on the back of a trailer. It was very sad to see. Once his chain was off his neck, you could see he was happy. We even got a selfie getting in the car and on the way here with this great big smile on his face and everyone oohs and awws,” Dunn said.
Idabel Police Chief Jim Coffman, who oversees the city’s shelter, said he felt he had no choice but to surrender the dogs.
“We have very limited resources here. At least now, we know they’re going up there and we don’t have to euthanize them.”
The focus now turns to cleaning and sanitation. There is a long list of improvements to be made to the Idabel Shelter, like getting rid of rusted rebar, sandblasting, repainting, and buying new bowls for the animals.
The Humane Society’s manager came up with the plan; inmates from the Oklahoma prisons will do the hard labor for free.
“Everyone down there seemed very receptive to wanting our help. We were telling the police chief this needed to be painted, and he was on the phone with his guys to get them out there, ” the manager said.
As for Jenn and Brytus, their friendship is being cut short. The pup will be staying at the Humane Society of Tulsa to be adopted.
All dogs from the Idabel Shelter will be vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and given a full health exam. The Humane Society is raising $10,000 for Idabel improvements.