Tammy Green Douglas, 44, of Springtown, was arrested early Sunday morning after a tip led investigators to her residence.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said after the public saw the story on local news and it was distributed through social media, numerous tips were called in concerning the case. Sheriff’s investigators followed up on several tips, where concerned citizens recognized the deceased dog, her puppies, as well as the cage they were abandoned in.
Sheriff’s investigators interviewed Douglas, who implicated herself in the shooting of “Aowa,” a 4-year-old heeler/shepherd mix, and abandoning Aowa’s 10 newborn puppies, reported Danie Huffman, information officer with the sheriff’s pffice. Investigators said Douglas owned the dog and she stated she grew agitated with Aowa.
Aowa was discovered early Thursday morning, May 28, inside a cage with her puppies nursing her deceased body, partially in the roadway on Raley Road in Springtown.
Douglas told investigators she shot Aowa near her residence then took her and the puppies to the location where they were discovered, leaving the puppies defenseless and covered in their mother’s blood.
Douglas also said she used a 9mm handgun to shoot and kill Aowa while inside the cage, but could not give an explanation for why she abandoned the puppies.
“To a normal, caring human, this is an incomprehensible act,” Fowler said. “I can’t imagine what the suspect thought theses puppies did in order to warrant her actions. Animal cruelty can never be justified.”
Fowler said in a prior press release that “Parker County does not have an animal problem – it has a people problem.” He stands behind his previous quote.
Sheriff’s investigators obtained a warrant for Douglas and arrested her at her residence Saturday evening just after midnight. Douglas was booked into the Parker County Jail and charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals. She was released Sunday afternoon after posting a $3,000 bond.
Fowler commended his investigators, saying they worked diligently throughout the investigation in order to apprehend the suspect.
The puppies are currently in the care of Angels & Outlaws 2nd Chance Bully Ranch in Hico.