Misdemeanor charge filed in dog death
BY RHETT MORGAN World Staff Writer
Monday, November 05, 2012
CLAREMORE – A misdemeanor charge was filed Monday against a Chelsea man in the death of a black Labrador retriever originally thought to be dragged to death in August.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Gary Gwen Hart, 52, who faces a count of improper disposal of a carcass. His bond is set at $500.
A probe comprising at least 100 man-hours showed that there was no evidence that the 2-year-old dog, named Jetta, had been dragged while she was alive, Janice Steidley, district attorney for Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties, said in a prepared statement.
“We appreciate the public’s concern and passion because we take allegations of animal cruelty very seriously,” she said. “We are filing the charges that are backed by the investigation. Now we ask the public to let the legal system work.”
The misdemeanor charge carries upon conviction a fine of up to $500 and up to one year in the county jail.
“The investigators followed every lead and double-checked every statement,” Steidley said. “We are filing the charge that can be justified by the evidence in this case.”