The city of Smithfield appears to have a small animal control unit operating under the police department with no physical shelter. They do have what the Salt Lake Tribune describes as an “unshaded temporary holding kennel” outside where an ACO can place an impounded dog briefly before transporting the pet to an area shelter.
On Thursday, June 23, 2011, Smithfield ACO Brady Robbins reportedly picked up a 4 year old retriever named Lola and placed her in this outdoor kennel. After leaving the dog there, Mr. Robbins went on to “other tasks, including moving police department records to the city’s new police building”. When he returned to his AC duties on Monday, June 27, he found Lola dead in the pen from heatstroke. Mr. Robbins drove Lola’s body to the landfill and dumped it, then wrote the following in his log:
“I, Officer Robbins, had taken the dog to Cache Humane Society. The animal has been adopted by Cache Humane Society.”
Multiple witnesses who observed Mr. Robbins finding Lola’s dead body in the pen on June 27 reported the story to his superiors. Mr. Robbins resigned and this month was charged with one count of animal cruelty and one count of evidence tampering – both misdemeanors.