Blackwell man faces animal cruelty charge

May 25, 2023 | Courts

NEWKIRK — A court date is set for Tyler Scott Dollarhide, 33, Blackwell, in Kay County District Court.

Dollarhide is facing a felony count of animal cruelty.

Blackwell Animal Control officer Cindy Yinger reports that on Dec. 21, 2022, she conducted a welfare check on two dogs in the 600 block of north 4th Street.

Tyler Scott Dollarhide

Yinger reportedly made contact with Dollarhide and asked him why the dogs were thin.

Dollarhide reportedly stated that he feeds the dog at night and that he was struggling to buy dog food.

Yinger reports that the only water the dogs had access to was a dirty pool.

Dollarhide reportedly stated that the dogs needed to be wormed and that they he believed they would be fine after that.

Yinger convinced Dollarhide to surrender the dogs.

For seven days, Yinger reportedly fed the dogs small meals and their body weight reportedly started to increase.

On Dec. 28, the dogs were taken to Blackwell Animal Hospital.

One of the dogs was reportedly suffering from a jaw wound.

Veterinarian Ashley Senn reports that she found necrotic bone and jaw tissues which were causing the dog’s teeth to fall out and a strong odor.

It is believed the wound was caused by the jaw being broken and not treated. As a result of the extent of the wound, Senn made the decision to euthanize the canine.

Senn reports that both dogs were considered to be extremely underfed.

Yinger reports that police records show that Dollarhide was cited on Oct. 30, 2019 for cruelty to animals. In that case he reportedly surrendered a black lab.

Dollarhide was booked in the county jail this week and is free on $5,000 bond.