Thou shalt not spray thy customer’s dogs in lieu of weeds.

That is the heart of a felony animal cruelty case filed last week in McClain County District Court.

Prosecutors charged Douglas A. Rose, 57,  and his employee, Caleb J. Keith, 23, both of Blanchard. Arrest warrants for both men are outstanding.

According to court documents, the charges stem from an incident July 6 at a Newcastle residence.

Newcastle police learned of the alleged dog spraying by the homeowner that evening.

According to an affidavit, Keri Cobb witnessed lawn company employees kicking at her two dogs before turning the chemical spray on them.

Cobb said she was out-of-state, but saw the incident while checking her security cameras.

Although Cobb and her husband had hired the lawn company, no one was supposed to be at the house while the couple was away.

Police went to the house and Rose, owner of the lawn company, was still at the property. He said Cobb’s husband had hired him to spray the lawn.

He also admitted the dogs got some of the chemical on them, but added it contained nothing that would be harmful to dogs.

An officer noted that the dogs were wet, but were wagging their tails.

Cobb again contacted police on July 14 after returning home. She said both dogs had matted eyes. When she called Rose, he refused to say what chemicals were in the spray mixture, according to the affidavit.

She next called the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and asked about the company’s licensing and the spray contents.

Further investigation found Rose was in violation of the state’s Combined Pesticide Law, according to the affidavit.

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