Two people found dragging several animals at the intersection of Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 64 in Roland on Feb. 22 have been charged with animal cruelty, court records show.
Felony arrest warrants were issued March 25 for Melissa Coe, 41, of Muldrow and Arthur Coe III, 31, of Vian. The pair each face up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. Their bond was set at $5,000 each.
At 3:34 p.m. on Feb. 22, a Roland police officer responded to a call about a man kicking and dragging a dog at Highway 64 and I-40.
When the officer arrived at the scene, he saw the Coes walking with several dogs who appeared to be in terrible health. Arthur Coe was also carrying a pet carrier, which was packed with so many items that the cat and puppy inside were unable to move. The puppy was pressed up against the carrier’s door.
The person who reported the incident told police that he had been stopped at the red light near I-40 when he saw a man and woman with several dogs walking west on U.S. 64. He said he saw Arthur Coe kick the German Shepherd several times and drag him with a yellow rope, all the while yelling at the dog.
When asked why the animals weren’t at home, Melissa Coe said it was because “she didn’t want them to freeze.” It was a 66-degree, sunny day, according to the National Weather Service.
Arthur Coe said the reason he was yelling at the black German Shepherd mix was because the dog “pretended” to be deaf. He said the animal had never been diagnosed with the condition.
An animal control officer arrived and took custody of the animals, who were immediately taken to a veterinarian for treatment.
After being examined, the six dogs and one cat were found to have mange and some had hookworms, but none had serious health issues other than severe malnutrition. The German Shepherd did show signs of impaired hearing.
Progress reports on the animals show that they are doing well and are responding to treatment.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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