By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Stillwater teenager accused of beating a Pitbull puppy with a belt, grabbing it by the neck, and throwing it at her apartment complex.
If convicted of animal cruelty, Monae Tyra Price, 19, could be given as much as a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, court records show.
Stillwater police were called at 1:45 am on Feb. 17 to an apartment complex in the 500 block of S. Ramsey “on a possible animal abuse investigation,” Officer Stephanie Wheeler wrote in an affidavit.
A witness told Stillwater Police Officer Robbie Frazier that he saw a female “beating a puppy with a belt in the stairwell between the second and third floor. He then witnessed her striking the puppy in the hallway,” the affidavit alleged.
When the officers contacted Price, “Tyra stated the puppy peed in the stairwell and that she did strike the dog one time,” the affidavit alleged.
“The dog was there. Officer Frazier checked him over. It was a Pitbull puppy approximately six-months-old,” the affidavit said.
“Officer Frazier petted the dog, checked its hind legs and sides. The dog did not appear to be in pain and was friendly. We left the apartment due to not being able to locate any injuries,” Officer Wheeler wrote in her affidavit.
The next day, the witness contacted police about the case and was informed he needed to fill out a statement, the affidavit said.
“After speaking to him, I emailed the apartment complex about the incident,” Officer Wheeler wrote in her affidavit.
A man responded on Feb. 19, the affidavit said.
“He stated that he was able to review the video and that the suspect, Tyra Price, was seen on Feb. 17 around 1:40 am with the dog. She is seen hitting the dog repeatedly while walking down the hall.
“She then grabs the dog by the neck and throws it. He sent me screenshots of the incident. The photos show Tyra hitting the dog, carrying him by the neck, and then throwing him,” Officer Wheeler alleged in her affidavit.