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Wagoner County Man Arrested After Abused Animals Found At Home

Town of Porter

PORTER, Okla. (AP) — A northeastern Oklahoma man has been charged with 42 counts of animal cruelty after authorities found 36 malnourished dogs inside maggot infested cages and farm animals that had been restrained.

Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office said when deputies were dispatched to a home in Porter on Wednesday, they found three horses, one cow, one bull and a heifer bound to different fixed objects throughout the property, as well as 36 dogs packed into a small building in the back.

All of the animals had no access to food or water and appeared malnourished, according to the sheriff’s office.

The home’s owner, Kerry E. Yochum was arrested by deputies. Jail records did not list an attorney for Yochum.

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott is thankful for the community members’ help.

“I was appalled at the conditions that these animals were living in. I am grateful that we have such wonderful citizens in Porter that met with deputies and agreed to care for these abused animals until they could be placed in a safe home,” said Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott.

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