A shocked police chief's investigation of the Central Indiana Lawrence Animal Shelter has resulted in the dismissal of the one full-time employee after Tuesday evening's discovery of "deplorable" conditions and three dead animals according to the IndyStar.com.
Police Chief, Michael Walton dispatched a deputy on Tuesday evening's response to vandalism at the city's animal shelter. When authorities looked through the broken windows, they were shocked at the disgusting conditions dogs and cats were being forced to live.
Thirteen dogs were observed living in feces and urine filled cages with no food and water.
According to wishtv.com, Chief Walton stated:
"I'm sickened beyond belief. It's something you never want to see and I'm baffled how someone could neglect animals or let something like this occur."
Employee David A. Ross, Jr. 49, was suspended Tuesday evening and fired on Wednesday.
One dog and one cat were found dead. Another dog died as the shelter was being cleaned up. Eleven animals were left and were scheduled to be checked by a veterinarian and hoped to be placed in adoptive homes.
"We saw no need to have to go by and check on this person who had given us many years of decent service, and had never done anything like this before. I am sickened by this, and it's a shame. But we will make every effort to ensure this doesn't happen again."
Ross faces criminal charges.
Four young boys were caught at a nearby park and turned over to the custody of their parents for the alleged vandalism.
Karen Alston of Palm Beach Shores, Fla. was appalled when she heard the news:
"Since when is any employee exempt from someone checking on them at their job? We all pay taxes for government employees to do a good job and nobody ever evaluates them because "they have never done anything like this before?"
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