Sunday, July 31, 2016

Oklahoma: Heather Scyrkels, 43, and her daughter, Helena Scyrkels, 20, charged with felony animal cruelty for hoarding

OKLAHOMA -- The formal charges have come down for a Lindsay pair accused of hoarding more than 100 small animals in their home.

Claiming to be an animal shelter, both Heather Shawna Scrykels, 43, and her daughter, Helena Gabrielle Scyrkels, 20, have received felony charges of cruelty to animals.

Scyrkels' 2012 animal cruelty arrest photo

A total of 111 cats, dogs and other animals were confiscated back on July 14 at their Lindsay residence in the 900 block of Choctaw.

Authorities say one of the dogs has been euthanized from an infection, while the remaining animals are still being cared for at three different shelters.

An affidavit filed in Garvin County District Court does offer a few more details about the case.

When officials with the county sheriff’s office and Lindsay police took the animals into custody they report finding 30 cats in the house and another 20 kept in a backyard pen.

Five dogs were found in small cages inside the house, while five more were in a backyard pen. Also found were some rabbits and a few other animals, such as a hedgehog, kinkajou and ferrets.

According to the report, there were several cats suffering from a respiratory condition with others unable to open their eyes. Ringworm was also a condition reported for many of the animals.

“The animals were deprived of necessary food, drink, shelter or veterinary care,” officials reported.

“The home was extremely dirty, disorderly and unkempt. The strong odor of urine and feces made it difficult to breathe easy.”

The case actually 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 a trio of shelters — Lindsay Veterinarian Hospital, Grasslands Veterinary Service and the Bella Foundation in Oklahoma City.

Officials have said Scyrkels claims her home was an animal rescue facility. Those same authorities add it did not have the proper licensing or certification.

She was charged with Animal Cruelty in 2012 after authorities found dozens of animals on her proeprty that were starving. One horse had died from neglect and was just lying there rotting away. Scyrkels told authorities at the time that she knew the horse had died and had simply left it there where it had collapsed.

The animals she starved BACK IN 2012!

(Pauls Valley Daily Democrat - July 31, 2016)


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