Read it here.
The main thing that stands out to me is the “false statement of material fact in connection with the employee’s job, including falsification of City records”. I interpret that to indicate that MAS may believe Ms. Hogan entered Kapone’s information into the computer, generating a cage card for him, but never actually brought him inside. And when questioned about it later, lied. What do you think?
As far as the scheduled hearing referenced in the document, it reportedly did not happen:
Hogan was also supposed to have been subjected to a disciplinary hearing at Memphis Animal Services Tuesday, but that was postponed.
Added: Well, this is weird. Just when you think you might have a handle on this whole sordid mess, someone throws another monkey wrench into the machine. This timeline of events is from the Commercial Appeal:
Hogan officially took custody of both dogs at 10:45 a.m. and was en route to the animal shelter at 3456 Tchulahoma.
However, at 11:14 a.m., she contacted the dispatcher and said she was going to her home instead. Hogan showed on her log sheet that she was back en route to the shelter 70 minutes later at 12:24 p.m.
She apparently arrived at the shelter at 12:50 p.m., saying she had both dogs with her, according to the affidavit.
Hogan told police she put Kapone in the shelter’s holding area, but a check of surveillance footage found no evidence that she was even at the shelter, let alone placing a dog there, the affidavit said.
At 1:03 p.m., Hogan’s log sheet showed that she was leaving the shelter with at least one of the dogs still on the truck. She did not return to the shelter until 2:21 p.m.
Shelter supervisor Glenn Andrews told police that he carried the second dog into the shelter at 3 p.m., meaning that dog — likely Jersey — had been on the truck for over four hours.
At the time the dogs were picked up, the temperature was 87 degrees. By the time Andrews took the second dog into the shelter, it was still 83 degrees.
Curiouser and curiouser.
Also Added: The police report seems to confirm the above timeline. My heart is sinking.
On 06/24/11 at 1004hrs the defendant Demetria Hogan acting in the capacity of a City of Memphis animal control officer received a call to 1542 Oaken Bucket to retrieve two dogs being detained by Memphis Police officers. At 1045hrs defendant Hogan took custody of both dogs from Memphis Police and showed herself in route to the animal shelter. At 1114hrs defendant Hogan showed on her log sheet and contacted the dispatcher that she was in route to her home. The defendant Hogan showed herself on her log sheet back in route to the shelter at 1224hrs and arriving at 1250hrs with both dogs in her care. The defendant advised upon arrival she logged one of the dogs (KAPONE) in the shelter and placed him in the six hundred section of the holding area. Upon further investigation and reviewing video surveillance from the animal shelter, the defendant could not be seen arriving at the shelter or placing either dogs in any part of the shelter. At this time the dog (Kapone) hasn’t been located. At 1303hrs the defendant showed herself clearing the animal shelter with the second dog still on the truck. The defendant did not arrive back at the shelter until 1421hrs. Shelter supervisor Glenn Andrews stated he physically carried the second dog into the shelter at 1500hrs. Base on this statement from Mr. Andrews the second dog had been on truck for over four hrs. After conferring with District Attorney about this incident, she advised to charge the defendant with the listed charges.
Cruelty to animals 39-14-202 (2) counts
I know MAS must have questioned Ms. Hogan about Kapone as soon as he was discovered missing. I assume they would have also questioned Mr. Andrews and anyone else there that day. So they had this information from what – day one? Day two maybe? How could they let her go on working, presumably picking up dogs off the street and loading them into her truck? What if the Shoup family hadn’t pressed the issue and gotten the police involved? Would MAS have swept this under the rug?
I would like to see records on every pet Ms. Hogan has impounded since June 24. I’d like to see how long they were left on her truck, if any went “missing” and if any died as a result of her “care”. And then I’d like to compare those records with the surveillance footage to see if there are any serious discrepancies such as those detailed in the police report. I want to know exactly what management’s failure to act has resulted in over these past weeks. This is unconscionable. How dare the city describe this as an isolated incident. There is a pattern of abuse at MAS, from the top on down. They can’t all be isolated incidents.
Allowing Ms. Hogan to continue to pick up dogs off the street after they learned about this is sickening to me. I feel sorry for any pets she has ever picked up but especially for those impounded since June 24. Because MAS knew, or should have known, the information contained in the police report since that time. Yet they let her carry on as usual.
Update #3: Well that didn’t take long. A reader just sent me this video clip (link below, it wouldn’t embed) from ABC24. While Ms. Hogan was evading cops who were trying to arrest her yesterday afternoon, she drove a dog in dire need of care around on her truck until he died. I am sick.
The print article is here.