By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater woman, who admitted beating a Pitbull puppy with a belt, grabbing it by the neck and throwing it at her apartment complex, has been ordered by District Judge Phillip Corley to write a paper to the Stillwater Humane Society as to proper care and discipline of pets, as a condition of a plea agreement with the prosecution for a two-year deferred sentence, court records show.
Tyra Monae Price, 20, must also pay a total of $2,033 in various costs at the rate of $104 per month beginning on June 27 and perform 50 hours of community service as probation conditions.
Along with pleading guilty to animal cruelty, Price also admitted that she operated a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating substance on April 7, 2021, for which she was given a one-year deferred sentence with an order to have a substance abuse evaluation, perform any recommended follow-up treatment, and undergo random drug tests.
Stillwater police had been called at 1:45 am on Feb. 17, 2021, 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 said.
When the officers contacted Price, “Tyra stated the puppy peed in the stairwell and that she did strike the dog one time,” the affidavit said.
“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, 2021, the affidavit said.
“He stated that he was able to review the video and that the suspect, Tyra Price, was seen on Feb. 17 (2021) 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 wrote in her affidavit.
Since Price was given deferred sentences when she pleaded guilty on May 27, she will not have a criminal record if she successfully completes the terms of her probation.