Court date set in Sapulpa dog dragging

MANNY GAMALLO - Tulsa World Published: June 25, 2009
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SAPULPA — A Sapulpa woman faces a court hearing next month on a charge of cruelty to animals in connection with the dragging of a dog behind a vehicle in October.

Authorities identified her as Rikki Leigh Seritt, 18, who in addition to the felony charge faces two misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer.

The Creek County sheriff’s office said Seritt has been released from jail after posting $7,000 bail. Her initial court appearance is set for July 7.

Cody Wayne Hahn, 20, of Sapulpa also is charged in the Oct. 16 dragging. He allegedly was the driver.

Hahn is to be arraigned July 20 on an animal-cruelty charge.

The mixed-breed dog, which was severely injured, has recovered and has been adopted.

Authorities said the dog was dragged along the road behind a vehicle until it came free of its collar.

Sheriff Steve Toliver said two detectives interviewed Seritt and that she lied to them. He said the case was turned over to the district attorney’s office.

An affidavit filed in Creek County District Court indicates the incident began in front of Seritt’s home in the 6300 block of S 161st West Avenue. The dog was dragged for half a mile north.

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