PARKER COUNTY, Texas — Police have arrested a woman they say shot and killed a mother dog locked in a cage surrounded by her 10 puppies because she became agitated with the animal.
Tammy Green Douglas, 44, of Springtown, Texas, was arrested Sunday and charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals. She was released after posting a $3,000 bond.
Douglas reportedly shot the mother dog, Aowa, near her residence and took her and her puppies, all still in the cage, to the side of a nearby Springtown road and left them there.
Aowa was discovered early Thursday morning inside a cage partially in the roadway with her puppies nursing her deceased body.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said after the public saw the story on local news and it was distributed through social media, numerous tips were called in concerning the case that led to Douglas’ arrest.
Douglas did not give a reason for why she abandoned the puppies.
“To a normal, caring human, this is an incomprehensible act,” Fowler said in a statement. “I can’t imagine what the suspect thought these puppies did in order to warrant her actions. Animal cruelty can never be justified.”
The puppies are currently in the care of Angels & Outlaws 2nd Chance Bully Ranch in Hico, Texas, the sheriff’s office said.
Source: Parker County Sheriff’s Office