In a shocking and disturbing announcement presented on Thursday morning from the Harris County District Attorney’s office, three animal control officers at the Baytown Animal Control and Adoption Center in Texas have been accused of using “horrifying and inhumane” methods when euthanizing animals at the shelter.
According to AbcNews, Tod Brooks, 53, Veronica Jimenez, 33, and Christopher Nightingale, 27, have been charged with improper euthanasia of animals described as “intentionally knowingly and recklessly” killing animals without proper sedation. Brooks remained an employee although it has been reported he retired earlier this year. An investigation began in May 2015, after a former shelter employee informed police that dogs suffered while being euthanized. Assistant District Attorney Carvana Cloud stated a surveillance video showed how the animals suffered. In addition, the officers never bothered to check the vital signs of the animals to confirm their deaths before putting their bodies into plastic bags and disposing of them.
“The job of an animal control officer is not an easy job,” the press release read, “but it requires compassion and empathy. It’s unfortunate that these particular officers didn’t exhibit the compassion towards animals that we as a community expect and Texas law require.”
Texas law requires animals to be sedated before they are euthanized. The dogs involved have been described as a blond terrier and a black dog. More dogs may have been involved, however that information has not been released at this time.
If found guilty, the suspects face up to six months in jail and a maximum of $2,000 in fines.
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