Charge Officer Who Allowed Dog to Cannibalize Kennel Mate


Target: Mark Matloff, Oklahoma District Attorney, District #17

Goal: Charge the animal control officer who allowed a dog to cannibalize her kennel mate unsupervised.

A dog was reportedly found eating the corpse of another dog by a visitor to an animal shelter in Idabel, Oklahoma. The man, who released a video of the incident to YouTube, said that the female pit bull that ate its kennel mate seemed friendly. The emaciated dog responded to orders to move away from the corpse, suggesting the dog was hungry rather than vicious. The visitor has since adopted the pit bull.

City officials claim that the dogs are fed once per day and that the deceased dog died of natural causes. Though they called the situation an accident, they acknowledge that the dogs were left alone for three hours while the city’s only animal control officer, Cecil Richards, left to respond to calls regarding stray dogs.

This is not the first time conditions in the shelter have been criticized. In 2010, Richards allegedly removed a mother dog from underneath a crawlspace but left her puppies to starve for ten days, killing half of the litter. Photos taken in the shelter reportedly show poor conditions including dirty kennels with an excess of urine and feces on the ground as well as dogs chained up inside their cages.

While the city of Idabel has vowed to open an investigation into the matter, similar incidents have previously been swept under the rug. Sign the petition below to demand that negligence charges are brought against the officer and that the city of Idabel conduct a review of its current animal control situation and hire more officers if necessary.


Dear Mr. Matloff,

A visitor to the Idabel Dog Pound recently found a female pit bull eating the corpse of her kennel mate. The visitor claimed that both dogs looked emaciated and that the pound’s only animal control officer was absent. In 2010, the same officer removed a female dog from under a crawlspace before euthanizing her and leaving her puppies to die. Photos taken inside the shelter show excessive amounts of urine and fecal matter on kennel floors.

In the past, complaints against the shelter have gone unpunished. In order to ensure that this persistent neglect is stopped, immediate reform is necessary. We, the undersigned, ask that charges be brought against the officer in question and that more resources be allocated to the shelter, including more animal control officers.


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  1. If the animals are supervised and this happened then the people working here are uncaring. If the animals are UNsupervised then the people working here are uncaring. Either way, it would be better to employ people who actually like animals and put their needs first. Allowing animals to suffer is unforgivable.

  2. One animal control officer is, obviously, far from enough. To allow this situation to occur is gross negligence, as has been previous cruel events at the Idabel shelter, when Richards failed to rescue puppies in 2010, allowing them to die. This man doesn’t care about animals, should be fired, and severely punished. The shelter is a disgrace! They need more staff–they need people who care about animals, instead of sociopaths! This type of cruelty and negligence should not exist, anywhere, let alone an animal shelter, whose mission it is to protect and care for the animals.



  5. Karen Remnant says:

    Sack him! Before another animal suffers!! There’s no way the surviving dog would’ve eaten its dead kennel mate unless it was starving!! This so-called shelter needs to be closed, cleaned and the re-staffed with people who care about the animals.


  7. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals.” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated… I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection of man from the cruelty of man.” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  8. Candi Derderian says:

    FUCKING IDIOT. as a devoted animal shelter volunteer for 25 years;; THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS TO HAVE HAPPENNED.. NO dog is going to eat a dead dog within a 3 hr time frame unelsss ;EXTREME STARVATION OCCURING.
    further investigation is needed and immediate penatly and firing of this fuxking moron

  9. there is a reason this happen for this dog to do this and probably because man starved it to death and self survival is an instinct even in man! do worse than punishment he deserves to be given a fear instilled this was so dam wrong and the dog isn’t at fault blame MAN!

  10. Sydney M says:

    Just when I thought I had heard it all ……..

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