Dogs found dead and dying, man faces cruelty charges
A 46-year-old Rentiesville man who allegedly starved dozens of dogs pled not guilty to a cruelty to animals charge last week, Oct. 29, in McIntosh County District Court.
Frederick Burkhalter was ordered back to court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10 for a pre-preliminary hearing conference.
Bond was set at $5,000.
Burkhalter also was charged with obstructing an officer.
According to McIntosh County Deputy Sheriff Casey Torix, the sheriff’s office received a report of neglected animals on Oct. 8.
“The reporting party stated that numerous dogs were starving and one was dead, chained to a tree,” Torix said in court documents.
Torix went to 304 S. Mc-Intosh St. in Rentiesville and found 10 dogs malnourished, without food or water.
After obtaining a search warrant, Torix returned to the location.
“Upon arrival (I) found the defendant in the front yard. During this time the defendant was uncooperative, failed to follow commands … and had to be physically restrained and placed into a patrol car,” Torix said.
Assisted by veterinarian B.K. Glover, Torix said he recovered 20 living dogs and saw the remains of 14 dead ones laying about the property
“Several deceased canines were still tied to trees and within dog houses,” he stated in a probable cause affidavit. “None of the living canines had access to food and only a few had access to water or shelter.”
Torix said Glover reported that all of the dogs were malnourished and appeared to be in various stages of starvation.
The living dogs were collected by Checotah Animal Rescue and are being treated.