Animal Advocacy

Cody Wayne Hahn Trial Update

posted September 3rd, 2010 by
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Story by Patty Mandrel

Cody Hahn is the man accused of dragging a dog behind his SUV in Sapulpa in 2008.


The August 26 hearing for Cody Hahn was very brief.  After court was called to session

Judge White addressed those of us in the gallery there for Cody’s case.  She apologized

for any inconvenience but said through pre-arrangements Cody and his attorney

would not be present in court.   She noted the case is on hold pending receipt of the Appeals Court decision and scheduled the next hearing for October 7.  She said she doubted that we would be doing anything then other than scheduling another hearing date.  (The DA is appealing Judge White’s decision to disallow the photo ID of Cody

by witness R Baggs, saying the photos are “too dissimilar.”  An ADA tells me the photo lineup is not public information unless it is entered into evidence for trial.)



Rikki Seritt (bd 7-9-90), Cody’s alleged accomplice, also appeared August 26 and is next scheduled for November 8 hearing.    She is charged with felony animal cruelty: it is alleged the rope/leash came loose a first time and she called the dog back to the car and retied him.   She’s also charged with two counts of  misdemeanor obstructing an officer for giving “false information” to two different deputies on two separate occasions.  The Affidavit of Probable Cause also states that  Rikki asked others to lie for her  about her whereabouts the day of the crime and that others overheard her talking about “a friend dragging a dog behind his truck.” 

– Patty Mandrell

The Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter needs your vote today!

posted September 2nd, 2010 by
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Story by Kristi Eaton

With the click of the mouse, you can help animals at The Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter. 

Volunteer Karen Curtis recently completed the grant application for Pepsi Refresh’s $1.3 million in funding. Now, it’s your turn to vote for her project to help our local pets. Simply go to and register. Click on “Browse ideas and vote.” On the next screen, look at lower left hand corner and click on “Join Refresh Everything.” The sign up screen will appear and just fill it out. 

To find Curtis’ project, you can simply search “Tulsa Animal Welfare.”

Curtis is hoping to get one of the $25,000 neighborhood grants. Ten $25,000 projects will be selected by the number of votes at the end of the month and awarded the money. Currently, the Tulsa Animal Welfare project is ranked 32nd. 

With the $25,000 grant, Curtis says the money will go toward: 

$ 2,640 6′ v-shape surgery table

$ 362 thermal warming pads

$ 2,714 anesthesia machine – wall mounted

$ 2,120 anesthesia machine – portable

$ 170 mayo stand for surgical instruments

$ 618 floor scale

$ 1,700 spay/neuter surgical instrument packs (10)

$ 2,195 mobile lift table

$ 1,231 intravenous infusion pump

$ 293 intravenous fluid warmer

$ 2,452 anesthesia/surgical vital sign monitor

$ 695 pulse ox surgical monitor – hand held

$ 395 centrifuge

$ 1,500 anesthesia gas scavenger system upgrade

$ 5,495 I stat blood analyzer

$ 420 washer/drier

Vote every day through the end of the month and help our local animals!

 – Kristi Eaton

Vote for USA Today’s “Most Heartwarming Adoption”

posted August 23rd, 2010 by
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Story by Kristi Eaton

Baron was in a kill shelter in Dodge City, Kan. before he was saved, while Walter arrived at a shelter full of BBs from a BB gun. Both dogs have come a long way from the atrocities they endured before being adopted by a loving family. To celebrate the tremendous changes Baron, Walter and several other dogs and cats have been able to achieve, USA Today is holding a contest where people can vote on the most-heartwarming adoption tales. Both dogs and cats are featured in the contest. Twenty dogs and cats have been narrowed down from more than a hundred entries for the coveted title. The winners will receive a special coffee mug and a copy of Two Bobbies, a story about a dog and cat left behind during Hurricane Katrina and the people who helped find them a home. To vote for the most heartwarming adopted dog, go to and to vote for the most heartwarming adopted cat, visit

 The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year. Of those, 3 to 4 million are euthanized. Sharing and celebrating the brave stories of the Baron’s and Walter’s in the world will further help prevent unnecessary euthanasia and bring adoption to the forefront.

– Kristi Eaton

No Rescue Waggin’ Again

posted August 20th, 2010 by
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TulsaPets Magazine has learned that Tulsa Animal Welfare (the Tulsa city shelter) was not extended an invitation to participate in the PetSmart Charities’ Rescue Waggin’ program this coming September.   As we reported earlier, our city shelter was signed up to participate last June, but due to reported personal issues of the staff, had to cancel the program one week before it began.   Despite contentions to the contrary, conversations with PetSmart Charities made it questionable at that time whether Tulsa would again be invited.

TulsaPets Magazine tried to reach shelter manager Jean Letcher, but no response has been forthcoming.

The plain fact is, while dogs from other shelters will be enjoying a forever home in their destination city, our Tulsa shelter dogs have missed out again.

No Rescue Waggin’ for Tulsa

posted August 19th, 2010 by
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TulsaPets Magazine was saddened to learn that a great opportunity for homeless puppies and dogs in Tulsa was put on the back burner recently when Tulsa Animal Welfare suddenly declined the opportunity to become part of the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ transfer program.

PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ was the first large scale “transfer program,” in the nation.   It was created to move homeless animals from areas of the country with too many homeless pets to areas where more rescue animals are able to get homes.  Rescue Waggin’ is the gold standard for such a program.  In this program, local volunteers and/or shelter staff are trained to assess the animals and all associated costs of transport are paid by PetSmart Charities, Inc.  The program picks the animals up at the releasing shelter on a scheduled basis.

Shelter staff reported that Tulsa Animal Welfare had indeed been accepted into this program which would have moved up to 50 dogs and puppies from the Tulsa animal shelter to the Denver area each month.  Shelter staff was scheduled to go to training in mid-June when the shelter suddenly declined the training, opting for possible entrance into the program later on.  Although the initial costs for travel to the training are laid out by the locality and are reimbursed by PetSmart Charities, Tulsa-based Oklahoma Alliance for Animals had agreed to lay out those costs for the city in order to support the cities’ decision to join the program.

At a time when austerity measures are scaling back resources for Tulsa, this boost would have helped hundreds of animals move into homes elsewhere and do so at a financial savings to the City of Tulsa and local funders.  TulsaPets Magazine genuinely hopes that creative solutions to help animals, which also save money, will be implemented so that our homeless pets and our city are the winners.

Flying Cargo? It’s Not Safe

posted August 9th, 2010 by
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Story by Kristi Eaton

With the recent news that seven puppies died after flying in the cargo hold aboard an American Airlines flight from Tulsa to Chicago, some travelers may be thinking twice about how to get their beloved pet from one destination to the next. 

The puppies aboard the Chicago-bound flight were half of 14 puppies that were initially put on board the flight that was delayed for an hour, as temperatures in Tulsa increased to 86 degrees Tuesday morning.

Coincidentally, just a few days before, released its list of most pet-friendly airlines for the year. Pet Airways, the first ever pet airline, stands out among the rest, according to Petfinder, because “pawsengers,” as they are referred to as, fly in the climate-controlled pressurized main cabin and are checked on by pet attendants every 15 minutes during flight. Also, the plane will be diverted to the nearest airport if a pawsenger falls ill, so that the pet can be treated.

Unfortunately, Pet Airways does not have a presence in Tulsa. (It can found be in Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Hawthorne/Los Angeles, New York, Omaha and Phoenix.)

Because of its limited availability across the country, Petfinder looked at commercial airlines to find the best airlines for pets. JetBlue was commended for its refusal to permit pet transport in cargo, and is another important animal safety measure.

Evidence, like the recent incident aboard the American Airlines flight to Chicago, supports JetBlues policy: from May 2009 to May 2010, the only airlines with zero reported pet deaths were those that required pets to travel in-cabin.

“Pets are becoming more of an integral part of our families so it’s only natural that airlines are taking pet travel more seriously,” said Betsy Banks Saul, Petfinder’s co-founder, in the release announcing the most pet-friendly airlines. “This list will raise awareness on criteria that pet parents should take into consideration, such as the risks of traveling in cargo, so they can make well-informed decisions.”

– Kristi Eaton