When police were attempting to locate fired Memphis ACO Demetria Hogan in order to arrest her for cruelty in connection with the “disappearance” of Kapone, she was allegedly tipped off that police were waiting for her at the pound. So instead of taking the dog she had on her truck at the time – a 9 year old Lab mix called Max – to MAS, she apparently drove around for a couple of hours until police left. Max died during this time. Per a necropsy report, his death was non-accidental heat stroke. Before anyone files this away as a needless tragedy, take a look at how Max likely suffered in Ms. Hogan’s care:
The initial symptoms of heat stroke in dogs are characterized by unanticipated restlessness. They include physical signs such as excessive or fluctuating panting, which may start, stop and then start again. Other physical signs are excessive drooling (hypersalivation), foaming at the mouth, dry tacky gums and labored or difficult breathing (dyspnea). Among common behavioral changes are agitation, whining, barking and other signs of anxiety. As the dog’s core body temperature becomes dangerously elevated (called hyperthermia), the initial signs normally progress to include vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, lack of muscular coordination (ataxia), very red gums and uncontrolled tremors. In the end stages of heat stroke, a dog will become listless, dull, weak and recumbent. It may try to move to cool places but be unable to rise, will have increased difficulty breathing and ultimately will have seizures, collapse, lapse into a coma and die.
I know that’s difficult to read but I don’t want Max’s death to be brushed aside lightly. That poor dog suffered a prolonged, agonizing death which was 100% preventable and allegedly occurred because Ms. Hogan was attempting to evade arrest on other animal cruelty charges.
Max was someone’s pet. Police are reportedly investigating his death. I hope they are able to determine who it was that allegedly warned Ms. Hogan about the police waiting to arrest her and that appropriate action is taken. The environment in which this needless death occurred is one which alarms me. This is the same environment which Mayor Wharton and the city continually defend and promote. Had enough yet Memphis taxpayers?