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100 dogs dumped; no prosecution planned

Authorities have no plans to pursue charges against a Mississippi animal control officer suspected of shooting dogs and dumping their carcasses — more than 100 of them — into a creek.

A Madison County grand jury recommended Alzonzo Esco, who worked for the city of Canton, be tried on misdemeanor animal cruelty and illegal dumping charges.

District Attorney Michael Guest, however, said an arrest warrant couldn’t be issued until signed statements from police investigators were turned in.

And that’s not likely to happen. Canton Police Chief Vickie McNeill said she will not authorize her investigator to file the paperwork because he did not actually see Esco commit any crimes, the Madison County Herald reported.

“There are standards regarding a felony, and there are standards regarding a misdemeanor,” McNeill said. “By the standards of a misdemeanor, you must actually see the crime in action to file an affidavit. None of the officers saw any of the dogs having anything being done to them.

“At this point, I don’t see any further action being taken on it,” she said, but if somebody brings it to my attention that there is a way, I’m willing to listen.”

Esco, who worked as an animal control officer in Canton for three years, was fired by the Board of Aldermen on McNeill’s recommendation.


Comment from Rick
Time March 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Hoe does a human being shoot 100 dogs – regardless of the circumstances – and not be prosecuted?!? This has to be some kind of joke. Of course, this is Mississippi. The poor dogs would be better off in Somalia.

Comment from jon
Time March 24, 2010 at 11:49 am

Alonzo Esco is receiving special treatment and he is not being prosecuted for shooting over 100 dogs/cats for over 3 yrs and dumping their bodies in creeks because Alonzo is the cousin of the former mayor Fred Esco of Canton MS. Former Mayor Fred Esco is also the one responsible for his cousin Alonzo Esco having the animal control position. Alonzo Esco was employed w/ the City of Canton fire dept before animal control. He stole from the fire dept and was not terminated, but demoted to animal control where he held that position for 3 yrs as a sole employee. His job was to transport dogs/cats to the MS Animal Rescue League to be reunited w/ their owners or to be adopted, but Alonzo chose to shoot the dogs like target practice instead. Since Canton, MS is also one of the largest dog fighting cities in MS, it’s also believed that Esco sold the shelter dogs as pit bull bait. The dead dogs were cleaned up, bagged and taken away after it was discovered that Esco was killing the dogs. Esco was terminated, but no charges have been filed against him. It’s a huge cover-up here in MS.

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