The dog, a Basset hound, had been injured in a fight after being kenneled with another dog.
A few days after the dog was injured, shelter director Taylor Bartholomew noted that the dog was chewing on his paw and appeared to be in pain.
Bartholomew felt that the dog needed to be euthanized, but there was no one certified to do so at the facility, so he used a .22 rifle to end the dog's life.
Sheriff Jerry Jones stated:
The animal director decided to shoot the dog at the kennel at the animal shelter instead of waiting for someone to euthanize it medically.
I think we had some human error and we are working to correct that.”
Bartholomew reported the incident to the state Department of Agriculture's Animal Welfare Section and was disciplined because shooting an animal, on premises, is prohibited.
Following the dog's death, new training is being implemented so that all officers will be certified to euthanize animals.
Bartholomew's actions have been viewed as merely a mistake.
Honestly, I think this was a mistake
I do not think there was any ill intent or criminal intent – it is just something that the only thing we can do is learn from it.
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