Stillwater News Press

March 8, 2013

Oklahoma State University football player's dogs not neglected, Stillwater police say

By Russell Hixson
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Two dogs owned by an Oklahoma State University football player have been evaluated by a veterinarian after police investigated reports of neglect.

One dog is being treated for an underlying condition not due to neglect and the other was determined to be healthy, a Stillwater police spokesman said.

Police began investigating after a former neighbor reported noticing the dogs were extremely thin and apparently dehydrated.

Police Capt. Randy Dickerson said the owner, Oklahoma State University football player Shamiel Gary, voluntarily took his two boxers to a veterinarian who determined one dog to be healthy and the other in need of treatment for an underlying condition not due to neglect or abuse.

Oklahoma State University spokesman Gary Shutt  said the veterinarian concluded the one dog needed to put on some weight and medicine was provided. The veterinarian asked the player to bring the dog back in 10 days.

Gary was accused of neglecting his two boxer dogs by former neighbor Lauren Brush. Brush claims that while living next to Gary she saw a pattern of disregard for his dogs and reported it to Animal Welfare on multiple occasions. She was not satisfied with their response.

Brush said she rarely saw food or water for the dogs in Gary’s yard and finally resorted to giving them water herself. She said last year

The police investigation report for the incident was not yet available. No charges have been filed.