Thursday, August 16, 2012

Oklahoma: Arrest warrant issued for Heather Scyrkels after her horse found dead, over 20 others in poor condition

OKLAHOMA -- An arrest warrant was issued Aug. 10 for Heather Scyrkels, a Lyndsay woman accused of neglecting over 20 horses that leading to one animal's death.

Grady County Sheriff Art Kell said the sheriff's department sized the animals from the property and will transport them to veterinarian at Murray State College in Tishomingo in southern Oklahoma for rehabilitation.

"This is going to cost the county about $5,000, but for us this is not an issue of money. We can absorb the cost," he said. "The issue here is taking care of these animals."

Scyrkels was charged with animal cruelty after Deputy Clark Van Dyck investigated her property and discovered one dead horse and 22 in poor condition on July 28.

Van Dyck said in a police report that Scyrkels told him she was unable to care for the horses due to a knee injury, but had no plans to arrange any sort of care for the animals.

"Shawna (Scyrkels) advised me that she had been hauling water every few days until her truck broke down, but had been unable to do so until she had borrowed a truck yesterday," the report reads.

Scyrkels was also unaware one of her animals had died according to the report.

There were three empty water troughs that Van Dyck said he found on the southern portion of the property and there was no grass present for the horses.

"Several of the horses hooves were severely overgrown to the point that it affects their movement and all of the animals showed a need for farrier services," the report reads. "The dead horse appeared to have been dead for several days. The horses in the south pasture showed signs of long term neglect due to muscle depletion."

Kell said after a veterinarian examined the horses all of the animals, including several colts were at health levels of ones and twos on a 10 point scale.

"We hope the prosecution will not allow her to get involved with any more animals," he said.

Scyrkels turned herself in after the warrant was issued.

Full Name: Heather Shawna Scyrkels (aka Heather Shawn Scyrkels)
Arrest Age:39
Gender: Female
Birthdate: 08/24/1972
Arresting agency: Grady County OK
Date of arrest: 08/14/2012
(Express Star - Aug 15, 2012)