Pair Enters Not Guilty To Animal Cruelty

Tuesday, December 4th 2007, 6:42 pm
By: News On 6

Penny and Fernon Clark entered not guilty pleas on Tuesday morning in the Owasso animal cruelty case. Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris charged the couple with seven counts of Animal Cruelty last week.

"People expect a quick fix when it comes to pet overpopulation, and they wanna dump it on someone else. So they dump it on the shelters or they take it to a small rescue, and that rescue becomes full,” said Penny Clark of the New Hope Animal Rescue.

Clark’s attorney says his client only had two options.

"When an animal is abandoned or otherwise dumped at her property, she has two choices: she can either turn her back, or she can take the animal in and do the best that she can with the animal," said Penny Clark’s Attorney, Keith Ward.

Clark's attorney maintains the Clarks never "willfully" abused or neglected the animals, and wants all charges dropped.

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