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Dog Abuse Suspect

Turns Himself In

Emaciated Puppy Found at Apartment Later Died

MIDWEST CITY—The man charged with animal cruelty after a pair of emaciated dogs were found abandoned in a Midwest City apartment turned himself in yesterday at the Oklahoma County Jail.

Corey Marion Harrison, 26, had been sought by Midwest City police.

One of the dogs—a 6-month-old puppy—died Monday, failing to recover from numerous medical complications, a pet rescue official said.

An arrest warrant for Mr. Harrison was issued Tuesday. He was charged Friday in with two counts of animal cruelty.

Policemen said they could not find Mr. Harrison on Tuesday when they tried to arrest him at his apartment,according to Chief Brandon Clabes.

Police were called July 11 to the Midwest City Animal Shelter concerning two “severely emaciated dogs” found at the Willow Creek Apartment Complex, 6000 E. Reno Ave., an affidavit said.

A maintenance supervisor there told police he found the dogs in an apartment, and that the apartment hadn’t had electricity power since a fire in a neighboring unit on June 3.

According to a court affidavit, Mr. Harrison moved from the apartment at Willow Creek on June 19 and left the dogs behind in a cage without access to food or water.

Microchips showed the dogs belonged to Mr. Harrison. He told police he left the dogs inside the apartment because they needed to be bathed and he was going to move them to a new apartment after they were cleaned.

Mr. Harrison told police he had been to the apartment nearly every day to take care of the dogs.

A neighbor at Willow Creek said she had not seen anyone enter or leave that apartment unit since the fire, according to the affidavit.

“This is one of the most egregious animal cruelty cases we have seen in a long time,” Chief Clabes said.

The dogs, pit bull terrier mixes, were taken July 11 to the nonprofit Bella Foundation for medical treatment.

The older dog was able to walk and stand, and is able to take food and liquids.

That dog, named “Payton” by the Bella Foundation, is now in a foster home, has gained about 10 lbs. and is thriving, said Cherokee Ballard, vice president of the foundation.

The younger dog, named “Sarge” by the foundation, died Monday experiencing multiple medical complications.

The puppy was unable to stand or take food or water, Miss Ballard said.

After he turned himself in Wednesday, Mr. Harrison was jailed on animal cruelty charges.

Mr. Harrison was convicted in in 2010 of misdemeanor domestic abuse against a woman he knew was pregnant, according to county court records.

He was given a one-year deferred sentence.