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Posted on: July 28, 2016

Norman man charged with animal cruelty

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Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office detectives need the public’s help finding a Norman man accused of animal cruelty.
Joshia Marcellus Freeman, 24, of Norman, was charged July 13, in Cleveland County District Court, with a felony count of cruelty to animals. Court records show an arrest warrant was filed July 20.
CCSO detectives were contacted May 25, about the abuse allegations. Investigators learned that two Elite Properties employees entered Freeman’s apartment at 1830 12th Avenue SE, in Norman, on May 23.
Freeman was recently evicted and the only person on the lease. One of the workers opened a small closet and observed a dog kennel. The kennel door was pushed against the wall, and initially believed to be empty.
Upon further inspection, the workers discovered a 3-year-old female Rottweiler inside without food or water. The dog was covered in urine and feces.
The Rottweiler was taken to a veterinarian’s office for care. The professional medical opinion of the treating veterinarian was that the animal was about 30 pounds underweight and suffering from neglect.
Detectives have attempted to contact Freeman through multiple avenues without success.
Sheriff Joe Lester urges anyone who has information about Freeman’s whereabouts, to call the CCSO tip line at (405) 701-8870, Crime Stoppers at (405) 701-8872, or people may send anonymous tips using the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office mobile app.
“Please help us find Joshia Freeman so that he can be held accountable for his actions,” Lester said. “This dog suffered from extreme neglect and was failed by her owner. No animal should ever have to go through this experience.”
Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan Jackson, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. Jackson can be reached at (405) 701-8847.

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