Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy are proud to announce rewarding an Oklahoma woman $2,000 for definitive information that led to the identification of the individual seen in a video published by media repeatedly stomping and killing a puppy in late March outside a business in southeast Oklahoma City.
Sarah Looney of Oklahoma City is receiving the reward for turning in her ex-boyfriend, Larry Don McMillan, 57, who was arrested last week for cruelty to animals and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Looney talked to Animal Wellness Action by phone from Oklahoma City.
“I love animals and I didn’t know [Larry] was like that. He was never mean to my big dog. But then he started getting that way (abusive) to me and then my puppy,” said Looney, who is a domestic abuse survivor. “People like that need to get help or not be let out of prison. I am glad he is locked up for what he did to animals, and for what he had done to me.”
Animal Wellness Action and Center for a Humane Economy will often offer rewards for critical tips to prosecute perpetrators of animal abuse that may be sent directly to [email protected].
“We are grateful to Sarah for stepping up because as you can see, anyone who would do this is a danger to animals and people alike,” said Kevin Chambers, Oklahoma State Director for Animal Wellness Action. “Animal Wellness Action wants to help the Oklahoma City Police identify perpetrators of this type of heinous animal cruelty and bring them to justice.”
“Cruelty to animals is despicable in its own right, but we also know that people who do awful things to animals often turn their violent instincts against spouses, girlfriends, children, or other members of the community,” said Wayne Pacelle, President of Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy. “Sarah Looney exhibited great courage in providing a service to the community.”
In this case, animal welfare officials and local officers said the man now identified had carried the puppy down the street by its back legs, dragging its nose on the pavement.
Following the beating, the video showed the man picking the puppy up and throwing it on the ground before he leaves. The city’s animal welfare superintendent broke down the video for local news stations after it was shared Tuesday by OKCPD.
Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy also provide rewards, up to $2,500, for animal cruelty tips, including for dogfighting and cockfighting. Tips go to [email protected]