Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Oklahoma: Case against Heather Scyrkels, 43, and her daughter Helena Scyrkels, 20, moves forward

OKLAHOMA -- The legal process continues to move forward in the case of more than 100 small animals found at a Lindsay residence.

More specifically, county officials are working through the process of getting the animals legally placed in shelters and possibly adopted into new homes later.

For now Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes said on Monday the final tally of animals came to 111, which is just a few more than last reported.

Scyrkels' 2012 animal cruelty arrest photo

The good news is most are doing just fine these days.

“All the animals are still with three animal shelters,” Rhodes said, referring to a couple of local pet clinics and a third facility out-of-town.

“I’m still petitioning the court to seize the animals. That means the animals will be forfeited from the owner and placed with a non-profit organization, hopefully adopted out into new homes.”

It was nearly two weeks ago when the sheriff’s office, along with Lindsay police, seized the animals being held in cages at the single-family residence in the 900 block of Choctaw.

The resident, Heather Shawna Scyrkels (aka Heather Shawn Scrykels), 43, who lives at the residence with her daughter (Helena Gabrielle Scyrkels), told authorities her home was an "animal rescue facility". The sheriff said it does not have the proper licensing or certification.

“We want to get them deemed abused,” Rhodes said about a legal declaration for the animals.

“Think about when you cram 111 animals in a house,” he said adding most animals were found in cages, both inside and out in a backyard, with little space or necessities.

“Abuse can be the lack of drink, the lack of water, shelter, veterinarian care. Abuse comes from a variety of ways.

“We’re alleging these animals were deprived of many of these things.”

The case began back on July 11 when the sheriff’s office was contacted by an Erin Springs resident south of Lindsay. It included hearing talk of missing animals in the area.

That ultimately led to the tip of a lot of animals being held at a house in Lindsay.

Two nights later officers were allowed to walk through and check out the conditions of Scyrkels’ house.

The following day all the animals were seized as authorities went to work trying to find shelters to keep all the animals. Within a few hours all were placed at two Lindsay clinics and an Oklahoma City foundation’s facility.

A total of 60 cats, 20 dogs, 15 rabbits and a few other animals, such as ferrets and a kinkajou, taken from the residence.

Since then one of the dogs has been euthanized from an infection, while a cat and her two kittens are being treated for a respiratory condition.

The sheriff confirmed Monday formal complaints against Scyrkels have been submitted as criminal charges could be on the way.

The animals she starved BACK IN 2012!

(Pauls Valley Democrat - July 26, 2016)