Tulsa Police investigate animal cruelty case

Monday, May 26th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Tulsa police are looking for two men accused of throwing a puppy out of a moving car and running over it.

Police said the puppy, a six to eight-week-old yellow Labrador retriever, had its hind legs crushed by a car in a flea market parking lot filled with families headed to the market.

Witnesses in the parking lot yelled at the two men, described as Hispanic males in their 20s and 30s, and managed to the get the tag number of the late model Ford Mustang they drove.

``I didn't know what to say,'' said John Gonzales, a witness. ``I thought he jumped out. I said, `Man, alive, why would somebody do that?' I couldn't believe it.''

While police waited for animal control officers to arrive the dog sat in a police cruiser, wrapped in blue plastic and a cloth sheet.

Officer Scott Walton said the dog was having difficulty breathing and was taken to a Tulsa veterinarian's office.

The dog's condition was unknown Sunday night.