June 1, 2014

Springtown woman arrested in shooting of caged dog

A tip led to the arrest of a Springtown woman accused of shooting her caged dog to death and abandoning 10 puppies still suckling their mother.

A Springtown woman told investigators that she shot her dog, Aowa, in the head because she was “agitated” with her, although she did not explain why she abandoned Aowa’s puppies, still suckling their dead mother, in a cage last week.

Tammy Green Douglas, 44, was arrested early Sunday at her Springtown home after a resident’s tip led Parker County deputies to her. She faces a charge of cruelty to a nonlivestock animal, deputies said Sunday.

After the story was on local and social media and a reward of several thousand dollars was offered, residents who recognized the dog, puppies and the wire cage called Parker County authorities.

Officials said Douglas told authorities that she had owned Aowa and the puppies. She also said she used a 9 mm handgun to shoot Aowa near her home, then took her body and the puppies to Raley Road and left them there in the cage, authorities said.

“To a normal, caring human, this is an incomprehensible act,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Sunday in a news release. “I can’t imagine what the suspect thought these puppies did in order to warrant her actions. Animal cruelty can never be justified.”

The caged dog and litter were found Thursday morning on Raley Road in Springtown.

Animal control supervisor Karen Kessler described Aowa as a 3-year-old red shepherd mix with a black muzzle, weighing about 35 pounds.

The puppies “were covered in their mother’s blood from where she had been shot in the top of the head,” Kessler said in a news release last week. “The mother was obviously malnourished and should have weighed at least 50 pounds.”

The puppies are in the care of Angels & Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch in Hico.

Douglas was booked into the Parker County Jail in Weatherford just before 1 a.m. Sunday and was released at 11:42 a.m. Sunday after posting $3,000 bail, according to jail records.

She could not be reached for comment Sunday.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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