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Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011County: Osage
Alleged: Cheryl Jackson
Osage County officials say they are still investigating what is being called an "animal hoarding" case involving a reported Washington County SPCA employee.
According to Osage County Undersheriff Lou Ann Brown, the sheriff's office still has an open case involving Cheryl Jackson.
Reportedly, Jackson is currently an employee of the local SPCA.
The Osage County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with Bartlesville Police Department officers, raided Jackson's home in rural Osage County on Aug. 2.
At that time, a total of 81 dogs and cats were seized.
Jackson was not home at the time of the raid, but BPD officer Rita Harvey told the Examiner-Enterprise that she may be arrested in the near future.
"I would anticipate charges of cruelty to animals or neglect," Harvey said. "I'm told she called herself a 'rescue' and then it apparently got out of hand."
According to the search warrant affidavit in the case, on Aug. 1, authorities received a report that there were approximately 100 animals on the property with "a lack of clean ingestible water in the recent 100-plus degree temperatures" and that there were several dogs and cats "in kennels and cages along with being tied up in areas all around the property."
Another witness reportedly told deputies that "Cheryl asked her to come into her home so she could show off her new running water."
The witness described the scene as that of an "unbearable odor of 'dead animals', urine and feces" and "toxic," the affidavit states. She further said that officials should use breathing apparatuses if they were to enter the house.
According to Brown, all the animals seized are currently being housed in the Tulsa SPCA.
"Pet Smart donated all the food to them," she said.
Calls to the Washington County SPCA from the Examiner-Enterprise on Thursday and Friday were not returned.
- examiner-enterprise.com - Aug 12, 2011
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