A Parker County woman told a relative that she used her father’s handgun to shoot and kill her dog in a cage and later texted that, “I did what I did and would do it again — if need be,” according to a probable-cause affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Monday.
Tammy Douglas was agitated with “Aowa,” so she shot the caged Heeler mix in the head, dumped the cage on the side of a Parker County road the morning of May 28 and abandoned the dog’s 10 newborn puppies, who were in the cage nursing, the affidavit states.
Douglas, 44, was arrested during the weekend after a tip to investigators. She was released Sunday morning after posting $3,000 bail. She could not be reached Monday.
Douglas is expected to be charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal, a Class A misdemeanor.
If convicted, she faces a maximum of a year in prison and a $4,000 fine.
One of the puppies, a female, died Sunday at a rescue facility, a spokesman said.
The affidavit obtained Monday gave a brief account of the events leading to Douglas’ arrest.
Deputies and animal control officers were summoned to the 100 block of Raley Road in Parker County near Springtown the morning of May 28 and found a dog shot in the head and left in a cage with seven female and three male puppies still nursing on her, the affidavit said.
Authorities appealed for help through the news and social media to identify the dog’s owner.
On Saturday, they got a tip that Douglas had owned the dog.
A relative showed deputies a text from Douglas saying, “I did what I did and would do it again — if need be; she killed Ginger; $400.00 on her eye.” Ginger was a Yorkie bitten by Aowa when she got too close to Aowa’s litter, according to the affidavit.
“It turns out the Yorkie did not die because of the bite,” Parker County Deputy Danie Huffman said Monday, responding to a report that the Yorkie had been killed.
In phone converstations with relatives, Douglas said she used her father’s Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun and shot Aowa in the cage out in front of her father’s home.
Douglas told deputies she loaded the cage with the dead dog and puppies inside onto her father’s truck and dumped the cage at about 3:30 a.m. May 28. She was caught by her mother returning to the house in the middle of the night, according to the affidavit.
Investigators said they did not believe that any of Douglas’ family members were involved in the incident.
The puppies were released to the care of Angels & Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch in Hico.