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A death sentence for a man's poodle stirs debate in Hydro

People are questioning whether Hydro, OK, police could have found an alternative to killing a man's poodle while he was in jail for breaking the dog out of the pound.

BY ANN KELLEY Published: October 29, 2010
"I don't want people to think that we live like this. We are good people that care about our neighbors.”

Hydro resident Linda Issac said someone would have taken in the dog to keep him from being destroyed, or taken him to a no-kill shelter.

"I don't think the situation was handled right, and I think it's opened our eyes to what's going on here with animals,” Issac said. "I don't condone anyone breaking the law, but someone could have shown some flexibility for the man.”

Hydro resident Mona Woods said she thinks the officers killed the dog just to show their authority.

"These two need to answer to someone,” Woods said. "If that's the kind of officers we have, we need to make some changes.”

The town's mayor, Bill Glasscock, said he knows little about what happened to Fry and his dog, but all that will be worked out in Tuesday's meeting. He said he expects a full house.

Glasscock said he's not opposed to changing ordinances on animal control, but wants residents to realize there is no money in the city budget to build a new animal shelter.

"We barely have the money to keep the things we have going,” Glasscock said. "If people want an animal shelter they're going to have to raise money for it, and keep paying to maintain it.”

Support for Fry
The Oklahoman's website,, received more than 400 comments about the story of Fry and his effort to save his dog.

A reader logged in as Pearliemea, of Los Angeles wrote this:

"I just can't believe that after arresting a 73-year-old senior citizen, they euthanized his pet while he's in jail. This is one of the cruelest, vilest, uncaring things I have ever heard. Whoever did this should be sued, removed from office or fired.”

Another reader established an online Facebook page to honor the dead dog. A Cushing man said he will donate $1,000 toward legal fees if Fry sues the town.

Clinton Sanders, a sociology professor at University of Connecticut, said he's not surprised people are reacting the way they are about Fry and his dog.

Sanders studies the relationship between humans and dogs.

"Stories like this become symbolic of the way we care about animals and a reflection of our own humanity,” Sanders said.

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