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Dog groomer accused of beating, hanging golden doodle now faces felony charge – Tulsa World

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A man working at a south Tulsa grooming business is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty after video surveillance reportedly showed him beating a dog that died in his care.
Tulsa Animal Welfare received the report about the death of a 4-year-old golden doodle on Sept. 1, according to police. Investigators responded to the business near 81st Street and Harvard Avenue and interviewed a manager about the allegation that a groomer had beaten and hanged a dog named Atlas.
The manager told investigators that Atlas was rushed to a veterinary hospital across the street when the groomer, Diego Jaimes Angel, noticed that the dog was unresponsive.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Angel told investigators the dog was showing signs of seizure and required a second bath after defecating on the grooming table. Angel reportedly said the dog became unresponsive after he placed it on the table following the second bath.
A witness, however, said in her statement that she saw Angel strike the dog repeatedly and that the grooming lead was positioned so high above the table that Atlas was choking.
Video evidence, provided to officials by a local audio-visual business owner who described it as “disturbing,” reportedly shows Angel punching Atlas after the dog defecated on the grooming table. According to the affidavit, Angel is alleged to have lifted the support bar on the table and left the dog hanging for more than one minute.
Two days after investigators viewed the video evidence, Elk City police helped locate Angel at the West Central Oklahoma Kennel Club. Angel, listed as homeless with a last known address in a Bixby manufactured home community, was booked into the Tulsa County jail Friday and was released on a $4,000 bond Sunday.
Atlas’ death remains under investigation, according to Tulsa police, with his remains transported to the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostics Laboratory in Stillwater for a necropsy.
Angel entered a not guilty plea on Sept. 18, according to online court records, with a hearing scheduled Oct. 27 in Tulsa County District Court.

Officer William Roy Golden, now on administrative leave, faces a felony charge of cruelty to animals and a misdemeanor charge of outraging public decency. 

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