Blackwell resident facing animal cruelty charge

April 1, 2021 | Courts

NEWKIRK — A status docket is set in Kay County District Court for Brock James Whittenburg, 25, Blackwell, who is facing a felony count of cruelty to animals after a felony conviction.

Blackwell police officer Kenton Westermier reports in the affidavit that on Feb. 15, officials responded to a residence in the 300 block of east Oklahoma for a report of a dead dog.

Brock James Whittenburg

An animal control officer reportedly retrieved a trash bag from the garage containing a dead pit bull.

The remains were taken to a veterinarian, who concluded that the dog appeared to have been pulled forward on the neck toward the head by a collar and that there was frozen urine on the dog, and that the dog’s death was contributed to freezing.

Westmier reports there are police recordings of Whittenburg admitting that he left the dog outside. Whittenburg is free on $5,000 bond.

His criminal record includes conspiracy to commit first degree arson and first degree arson filed in 2016. He was convicted of the offenses on Dec. 15, 2017 and sentenced to 15 years in prison with all but one year in the county jail suspended.

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