CLAREMORE, Okla. — A person involved in the death of 10 puppies found burned inside a dog kennel on Dec. 23 has come forward, according to Rogers County Sheriff’s Office officials.
RCSO sources said over the weekend that the puppies were discovered by someone visiting the area of NS 4200 and EW 350 county roads, north of Claremore.
RCSO Major Coy Jenkins said investigators have spoken to the individual responsible for the puppies’ deaths.
Jenkins said statements provided by the person who came forward are being investigated. “We cannot substantiate anything as of yet,” Jenkins said.
Dr. Ed Gilsleider, a veterinarian at Animal Medical Center in Claremore, said animals treated there for parvovirus have a 95 percent survival rate. The virus itself needs moist organic matter, such as feces, to thrive, he said.
“As long as the ground is moist, the virus can be present,” he said.
Gilsleider recommends soiled bedding be burned when the virus is present since washing alone may not deactivate it.
The Oklahoma Alliance for Animals initially offered a $5,000 reward for information in the case. Now that someone has come forward, the organization is offering to pay for a necropsy report from a lab in Stillwater, to help determine the manner of the puppies’ deaths and whether the parvovirus was present.
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