Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Oklahoma: James Tomlinson, 26, accused of beating puppy "so hard that it would no longer walk on its own"

OKLAHOMA -- Cushing resident James Tobie Tomlinson faces an animal cruelty charge after he was arrested Dec. 12 when Cushing Police responded to a call of a disturbance in Cushing.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Tomlinson, 26, was attempting to push his way into a residence while another person tried to stop him from coming into the house.

According to the reporting party, Ava Armstrong, she had been letting Tomlinson stay with her for about a week when she walked into the living room to find Tomlinson hitting his puppy "so hard that it would no longer walk on its own," the affidavit continues.

Armstrong told the officer she told Tomlinson to leave and not come back, and Tomlinson did return but then returned later and demanded his dog back.

When the other man, Tobie Severns (Armstrong's son) blocked the doorway, Tomlinson threatened to beat him and everyone else to get to his dog.

Officers arrived to see Severns holding onto Tomlinson to prevent him from making his way through the house to the dog, and the men were separated and Tomlinson was taken into investigative detention and then placed under arrest. He was also found with marijuana on his body when being booked into Cushing City Jail, and also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

Tomlinson appeared Tuesday with legal counsel for his defense, entered a plea of not guilty and will appear at 9 a.m. Jan. 9 on the preliminary hearing docket.

Severns told the officers he would take the dog to a veterinarian for X-rays to determine the extent of the injuries.

(STW News Press - Dec 20, 2016)