It was a shocking crime that left 10 puppies without their mother and animal lovers disgusted.
Now, a woman has been charged with shooting and killing a dog, then dumping the body in a crate along with her puppies on the side of a county road in Parker County.
Tammy Green Douglas, 44, of Springtown, was arrested early Sunday morning after a tip led investigators to her residence, according to a press release from the Parker County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Larry Fowler said investigators received numerous tips after the story broke on news outlets and spread on social media.
The release states that Douglas confessed to shooting “Aowa,” a 4-year-old heeler/shepherd mix and abandoning Aowa’s 10 newborn puppies. 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.
Douglas told investigators she shot Aowa near her residence then took her and the puppies to the location where they were discovered.
Douglas also said she used a .9 mm handgun to shoot and kill Aowa while inside the inside of the cage, but could not give an explanation for why she abandoned the puppies, the release states.
“To a normal, caring human, this is an incomprehensible act,” Sheriff 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.”
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.
The puppies are currently in the care of Angels and Outlaws 2nd Chance Bully Ranch in Hico.