From The Oklahoman
A woman police accuse of cutting open a dog that was giving birth told officers she was trying to save one of the puppies.
Lisa Ann Harper, 50, was arrested Thursday on a complaint of animal cruelty by mutilation, according to a police report released today. She since has been released from the Oklahoma County jail on bail and has not been charged.
An animal welfare officer called police Thursday and said he was looking for Harper in connection with a Dec. 2 incident, police Sgt. Theresa Bunn wrote in the report. A female pit bull terrier had been taken to a veterinary clinic with its uterus hanging out of a cut on its body.
Harper told the animal welfare officer she was trying to help the dog give birth when she noticed one of the puppies was stuck getting out, according to the report. Harper decided to cut open what she thought was the birth sac, but ended up cutting open the dog's uterus.
The dog had to be euthanized because of the large incision, and all eight puppies in the litter died, Bunn wrote in the report.
Harper told police she made a small cut, but the pressure of the other puppies caused the cut to become bigger, according to the report.
Police made contact with Harper on Thursday at what the police report described as a shack in which she lives in the backyard of a home in the 3800 block of S Villa Avenue. She was arrested after speaking with an officer about the incident.
Harper pleaded guilty in 2007 to an Oklahoma County count of receiving and concealing stolen property, court records show. She received a deferred sentence. She also has misdemeanor Oklahoma County convictions from a 2003 case on counts of DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a revoked license.