SPRINGTOWN -- Parker County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested a woman in connection to an animal cruelty case.
Tammy Green Douglas, 44, of Springtown, was arrested early Sunday morning after a tip reportedly led investigators to her residence.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said after the public saw the story on local news and it was distributed through social media, numerous tips were called in concerning the case. Sheriff’s investigators followed up on several tips, where concerned citizens recognized the deceased dog, her puppies and the cage they were abandoned in.
Sheriff’s investigators interviewed Douglas, who implicated herself in the shooting of “Aowa,” a 4-year-old heeler/shepherd mix, and abandoning Aowa’s 10 newborn puppies. Investigators said Douglas owned the dog and she stated she grew agitated with Aowa.
Aowa was discovered early Thursday morning inside a cage partially in the roadway on Raley Road in Springtown, with her puppies nursing from her deceased body.
Douglas told investigators she shot Aowa near her residence then took her and the puppies to the location where they were discovered, leaving the puppies defenseless and covered in their mother’s blood.
Douglas said she used a 9mm handgun to shoot and kill Aowa while the mother dog was inside the cage, but could not give an explanation for why she abandoned the puppies.
“To a normal, caring human, this is an incomprehensible act,” Sheriff Fowler said. “I can’t imagine what the suspect thought theses puppies did in order to warrant her actions. Animal cruelty can never be justified.”
Sheriff Fowler said in a prior press release that “Parker County does not have an animal problem – it has a people problem.” He said he stands behind his previous quote.
Sheriff’s investigators obtained a warrant for Douglas and arrested her at her residence just after midnight Sunday morning. Douglas was booked into the Parker County Jail and charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals. She was released Sunday afternoon after posting a $3,000 bond.
Sheriff Fowler commended his investigators, saying they worked diligently throughout the investigation in order to apprehend the suspect.
The puppies are currently in the care of Angels & Outlaws 2nd Chance Bully Ranch in Hico.