Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Oklahoma: Cody Hahn, 28, convicted in 2012 of purposely tying a dog to his truck and dragging it down the road, skinning it alive, comes off probation today

OKLAHOMA -- Back in October 2008, Cody Wayne Hahn, then 20, was arrested and charged with 3 counts of felony animal cruelty in a high-profile case involving a dog that he was accused of tying to his pickup truck and then intentionally speeding down a gravel road, skinning the dog alive.

At one point, witnesses said, the dog came free of its collar. The SUV stopped, and the driver got out, put the leash back in the SUV and then sped off, leaving the screaming dog in agony.

The Creek County Sheriff's Office found the SUV the next day and questioned Hahn, who denied any knowledge of the incident.

Witnesses picked Hahn from a photo lineup as the man who was driving the SUV, authorities said.

Hahn was on leave from the Army at the time of the abuse. By the time he was charged, he had returned to his station in Korea.

Local authorities notified the Army about his arrest warrants, and Hahn was put under military arrest in Korea and returned to Sapulpa on Dec. 23 to be booked into jail.

He was released on $6,000 bond in a matter of hours.

Some reports said that the dog belonged to his then-girlfriend Rikki Leigh Seritt, 18, who, was also charged with felony animal cruelty as well as two misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer.

Once charged with the crime, Hahn used high-priced legal counsel to help him ‘get off.’

Animal welfare organizations posted a reward to attract additional witnesses and kept a vigil at each courtroom appearance.  Cody Hahn appeared grinning in all photos and never acknowledged the severity of the crime for which he was accused.

Ultimately in 2010 Hahn texted an intimidating message to a witness.  By that point the family members who had gathered to support him had largely vanished and he was finally represented by a court-appointed attorney.

Hahn’s early legal team tried every angle to challenge Oklahoma’s anti-cruelty statutes.  At one point attorney Creekmore Wallace of Sapulpa dramatically claimed that if statutes protected a stray (thereby valueless) dog from being skinned alive, possibly our statutes could be used to criminalize someone who stepped on a bug.

Hahn’s arrogance lost, and his legal counsel’s maneuvering failed. He was convicted in January 2012 of animal cruelty. He was sentenced to a total of five years, including one-year in the county jail (probably only served about 3-4 months) and then was let out to serve the remainder of his sentence on probation.

Even though Defendants are warned that if they get themselves arrested while they're on probation, they're going to spend the rest of their sentence in jail, that doesn't happen often. In fact, records show than Hahn got himself arrested in December 2016, but it doesn't appear that they extended his sentence any for violating the terms of his probation.

DOB: 8/18/1988
Gender: M
Race: W
Height: 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Hair Color: N/A
Eye Color: N/A
Booking ID: 20161209069
Arrest Date: 12/09/2016 at 20:02
Booking Date: 12/09/2016 at 20:27
Release Date: N/A
Address: 4650 E ADMIRAL PL APT. 226, TULSA OK 00000
DLM: 1246388
Assigned Cell: J9-KK-1
Court date: 12/09/2016
Bond type: Hold W/O Bond
Bond amount: $0.00

I'm posting this today because Cody Wayne Hahn is now off probation. We'll see if he obtained some mental health counseling in the past five years because someone who intentionally tortures and abuses animals are prone to do it again, possibly to children or adults. His behavior during his criminal case - grinning in all of his mugshots and to the media - was bizarre in itself.


Offender: Cody W. Hahn
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Weight: 154 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
Birth Date: 08/18/1988
OK DOC#: 730458

Conviction date: 01/26/2012
Term: 5 Years
- 1 year county jail incarceration, 4 years probation
Sentence begins: 01/26/2012
Sentence ends: 01/25/2017

And what happened to the poor dog? Well, there's good news. The dog was renamed Sammi, recovered from its horrific injuries and was adopted to a great home.


Isaac Bond spotted Sammy the dog at a veterinarian's office after his abuse at the hands of Cody Hahn.

"He had no hair and he was pretty much hairless on the arms. Scars were open and pus was coming out. It was nasty. Because how cut up he was and no one wanted to touch him and he just had that one look on his face, 'take me home.'"

Sammy walks with a limp now and may need to have his left, front leg amputated some day.

Hahn also was sentenced to pay back $3,000 in vet bills accumulated for the dog's care.

What about Cody's then-girlfriend Rikki Leigh Seritt, who was also completely involved in this horrific crime?