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Oklahoma District (27) DA Brian Kuester is sending the wrong message to the community about animal cruelty.  In February 2016, Kuester declined to prosecute Ruben Ray Kisner for felony animal abuse.  Kisner let his dog "Spike" die an agonizing death from heartworm disease.  Spike was also severely dehydrated and his stomach content was empty indicating that he was not receiving adequate food. His food dish was filled with leaves. Spike was also infested with hook and tape worms. Concerned members of the community notified the Sheriff's Department of Cherokee County when they discovered Spike on a heavy chain and in a deteriorated condition. When veteran investigator Harold Thomas arrived, Spike had already died. The photo indicates that Spike had been dead on his chain for some time.  Kisner acknowledged that Spike had been sick but that he (Kisner) had not been able to take him to a vet due to his work hours (25.5 hrs).  In his written statement to the Sheriff's Department, Kisner reported that his family had owner Spike for "13-14" years. Thomas charged Kisner with felony animal cruelty (case #1602-0586).  A necropsy was performed on February 25, 2016, at OSU Stillwater, OK and paid for by the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. The pathology report states that the dog was between the ages of 2-5 years of age.

This is the second felony charge against Kisner in Cherokee County.  Investigator Thomas confiscated two starved horses from him several years ago.  Kisner received a misdemeanor conviction and suspended probation from Assistant DA Dry.  Ironically, neither charge is listed in public records (

In early 2013, Kuester declined to prosecute Caisen Green, an 18 year old, who shot and killed a pit bull terrier, with his bow and arrow, and bragged about it on Facebook (along with a photo of the deceased dog).  Green gave conflicting testimony to the Undersheriff stating that the dog was a stray that threatened him, the dog appeared sick, etc. However, the photo revealed the corpse of a healthy looking dog. This dog likely died a slow and torturous death from blood loss. The Greens burned the dog's body. A petition demanding that Kuester prosecute Green resulted in nearly 5,000 signatures and sparked world-wide outrage. Green was a star basketball player for The Cherokee Nation's Sequoyah High School.

Kuester's refusal to prosecute these cases undermines and deters law enforcement from doing their job.  It essentially condones animal neglect/abuse by not holding perpetrators accountable.  Please sign my petition and demand that Kuester reopen the case against Kisner who voluntarily surrendered his two other dogs to a local rescue.  Both dogs were treated for heavy parasite infestation, ticks, fleas and one dog is also heartworm positive. Kisner MUST be prosecuted and convicted.  His sentence should include the maximum penalties allowed for felony animal cruelty (OK Statue Title 21. Chapter 67:Section 1685) and he should be prohibited from owning pets/livestock.

Animals in our region are suffering immeasurably due to lack of prosecution. OAA is one of our state's best resources for animal welfare.  Please sign my petition to encourage our judicial system to do it's job and enforce the laws designed to reduce animal neglect and cruelty in Oklahoma. DA KUESTER-PLEASE REOPEN THE CASE AGAINST RUBEN KISNER !. Contact info: 307 E. Cherokee St., Wagoner, OK 74467. (918)485-2119 fax:(918)485-4220.

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