By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A Yukon man faces prison and a fine for allegedly neglecting to feed an animal, causing injury.
Kristopher Michael Malloy, 33, was formally charged June 12 in Canadian County District Court with cruelty to animals.
The defendant “willfully, maliciously, feloniously, and cruelly injured” a female Shepherd mix dog by failing to provide the animal with “necessary food to prevent suffering,” according to the charging document signed by Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Boyer.
The felony charge stems from an incident investigated this spring by Yukon Police.
Maj. Curtis Lemmings responded April 3 to the reported animal abuse in the 600 block of W Vandament.
The officer arrested Malloy that morning for animal cruelty before booking him into the Yukon city jail, according to a police case report summary.
Prosecutors charged Malloy for violating Section 1685 – Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
Any person who deprives an animal “in subjugation or captivity” of “necessary, food, drink, shelter, or veterinary care to prevent suffering” is guilty of the felony crime, according to state law.
If convicted of animal cruelty, Malloy could be sentenced to serve up to five years in state prison or one year in the county jail. The Yukon resident also could be fined up to $5,000.