MIDWEST CITY — Authorities are on the lookout for a man charged with animal cruelty after a pair of emaciated dogs were found abandoned in a Midwest City apartment.
One of the dogs — a 6-month-old puppy — died Monday, unable to recover from numerous medical complications, a pet rescue official said.
An arrest warrant for Corey Marion Harrison, 26, was issued Tuesday. He was charged Friday in Oklahoma County District Court with two counts of animal cruelty.
Police officers could not find Harrison on Tuesday when they tried to arrest him at his apartment, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.
Police were called July 11 to the Midwest City Animal Shelter concerning two “severely emaciated dogs” found at the Willow Creek Apartments, 6000 E Reno Ave., according to a probable cause affidavit.
A maintenance supervisor there told police he found the dogs in an apartment, and that the apartment hadn’t had power since a fire in a neighboring unit on June 3.
According to a court affidavit, Harrison moved from the apartment at Willow Creek on June 19 and left the dogs behind in a cage without access to food or water. Microchips showed the dogs belonged to Harrison. He told police he left the dogs inside the apartment because they needed to be bathed and he was going to move them to a new apartment after they were cleaned.
Harrison told police he had been to the apartment nearly every day to take care of the dogs.
A neighbor at Willow Creek said she had not seen anyone enter or leave that apartment unit since the fire, according to the affidavit.
“This is one of the most egregious animal cruelty cases we have seen in a long time,” Clabes said.
The dogs, pit bull terrier mixes, were taken July 11 to the nonprofit Bella Foundation for medical treatment.
The older dog was able to walk and stand, and is able to take food and liquids. That dog, named Payton by the Bella Foundation, is now in a foster home, has gained about 10 pounds and is thriving, said Cherokee Ballard, Bella Foundation vice president.
The younger dog, named Sarge by the foundation, died Monday after multiple medical complications. The puppy was unable to stand or take food or water, Ballard said.
Veterinary technicians said the conditions the dogs were found in were a result of long-term neglect and abuse, Ballard said.
Harrison has family in the Muskogee area, Clabes said. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Midwest City police at 739-1388 or 739-1306.