The dog warden from Pike Co Ohio, Randy Mustard, has been suspended from his job after being charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty. A couple was at the pound looking for a dog on Tuesday when they heard whimpering coming from a trash bag. The dog warden was apparently not there and the only employee was a recent hire with no training. The couple called the sheriff’s office and Major Jeremy Masters responded to the scene.
At the pound, Major Masters opened the bag to find a dead mama dog and 11 newborn puppies – 10 of which were still alive:
The [employee] allegedly told Masters the mother dog had died and Mustard told him to “bag them up” and throw them out, including the puppies. He alleged Mustard never administered a lethal injection to euthanize the puppies, Masters said.
Mr. Mustard contends that he examined the puppies on Tuesday – one day after the family was turned in as strays – determined they would not survive and administered fatal injections to each puppy. He says he instructed the employee – the one with no training – to monitor them and after verifying death, to place them in a trash bag.
After Major Masters arrived, Mr. Mustard says he sent the employee home for violating his orders and placed the live puppies into a cage where they quickly died.
Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk said his office does not believe Mustard’s version and that the employee is not a suspect.
All 11 cruelty charges are misdemeanors.