Animal control officer fired for dumping dogs
An animal control officer in Mississippi has been fired amid allegations he shot more than 100 dogs he was supposed to bring to a shelter and instead dumped their bodies in a creek.
Alonzo Esco was fired by the city of Canton during an executive session Tuesday night, WAPT-TV in Jackson reported.
The investigation began when a resident attempted to adopt a dog that Esco had picked up in her neighborhood in November.
“I called the animal rescue league to see if they would hold him for me, but they informed me that Alonzo Esco had not been there that day, nor had he been there for several months,” the resident, Debbie Young, said.
She contacted Canton police, who referred the case to Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest. Esco, however, has not been charged with any crime, and county and city officials don’t officials don’t come across in news reports as sounding too outraged. There are no felony charges for animal cruelty in Mississippi, although animal-rights activists are pushing lawmakers to change the law.
“Some of those animals may have been killed, or discarded without following the rules and procedures set forth,” Guest said. “In researching the issue, it appears the killing of a dog is a crime, but it’s a misdemeanor.”
“There are no criminal charges that have been filed or anything like that that I’m aware of,” Canton Police Chief Vicky McNeill said. “Our investigation did not call for any form of arrest.”
Maybe somebody should.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 8th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alonzo esco, animal control, animal cruelty, animals, Canton, charges, cruelty to animals, discarded, district attorney, dogs, dumped, dumping, fired, investigation, killing, madison county, mississippi, no charges, officer, pets, police, shelter, shooting