An Oklahoma dad shot his teen daughter's dogs to death to punish her for not doing the dishes, police said.
Jeffrey Don Edwards, 35, was arrested Wednesday on charges of animal cruelty, according to The Oklahoman. Court records reveal Edwards’ 17-year-old daughter told police he became enraged the night before his arrest after finding dirty dishes.
"Her father was mad ... and began throwing dishes," an investigator with the Oklahoma County sheriff's office detailed in a court report. The teen called her mom, who rescued her from her father’s alleged wrath. When the daughter returned to the house Wednesday, she made a grim discovery.
There was “blood all over the place,” including dried blood in the bed of her pickup truck, and her two dogs — a golden retriever named Jessica Dawn and a blue heeler-Labrador mix named Duck — were gone, according to court records. Her uncle allegedly informed her that her dad "shot her dogs to punish her," police noted.
Danielle Depee, Edwards’ ex-wife, told The Associated Press that her daughter and 15-year-old son were stunned by their father's cruelty.
“They are devastated and in shock that their dad would hurt them that way. Both my kids never thought he would do what he did," she said.
The two dogs were found dead with bullet wounds on Edwards’ property, about 100 yards from the home. Their remains have been sent to a veterinarian for forensic testing.
Edwards was released Thursday after posting $10,000 bail. This isn’t his first brush with violence. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to felony charges after firing a shotgun out the window of a pickup, according to The Oklahoman.
Since he is a convicted felon, he has also been charged with possession of a firearm after a police search uncovered at least two rifles, a handgun and ammunition.
Edwards has disputed the allegations against him. He told the Associated Press, "Pretty much everything you've heard is a complete lie.”
[Photo: Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office]
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