Reason #84 why the animal shelter system in this country is broken: The people given enforcement powers regarding animal cruelty are in some cases committing cruelty themselves. And when they get caught, the good ol’ boy network minimizes the crimes and does its best to sweep the mess under the rug. In the case of Michael Edwards, the Crowley, LA shelter employee accused of killing and dumping dogs outside the city, the mayor says:
“Horrific, from the stand point of a former employee, a gentleman that was terminated Tuesday afternoon and then went on a little bit of a tear,” said Crowley Mayor Greg Jones.
The “gentleman” who “went on a little bit of a tear” allegedly broke into the shelter after being fired in order to kill and mutilate more dogs.
Mr. Edwards had been working at the shelter since March and apparently had some sort of pets-check-in-but-they-don’t-check-out type scheme going:
Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson said they believe roughly a dozen more dogs were killed at the hands of Edwards and disposed of outside of the city of Crowley.
“One thing is the animals that were micro-chipped and discovered were logged as coming in and not going out, meaning to an owner, being adopted or even being euthanized the proper way,” explained Gibson.
Logged in, not logged out. That sounds pretty clear to me. And raises questions regarding everyone else associated with the pound, including the director who is presumably in charge of overseeing the welfare of the pets who are checked in but not checked out. As in, those animals should be in kennels with someone signing off on cleaning, walking and feeding them every day. But the mayor has an explanation for that too:
“At this time we think he was doctoring some of the paper work,” he answered.
No he wasn’t. Logged in, not logged out. A point that was underscored yesterday when the police chief talked about the discovery of the 3 beheaded dogs:
“The other three animals, all dogs, were listed as being taken into the shelter but had never been listed as returned to own / released, thus the belief that they were still alive prior to the supervisors discovery” stated Chief Gibson. [emphasis mine]
And then there’s the issue of numbers, which KATC explains as:
A point of clarification on this story: Thursday night, two independent sources, close to the animal relief effort, told us more than 200 dogs had been killed. Friday, Chief Gibson and Mayor Jones both said that number it is closer to 15 to 20 dogs killed.
Gee, there’s a discrepancy for ya.
So apparently Mr. Edwards allegedly killed 15 – 20 or maybe over 200 dogs, and they were logged in but never logged out in the shelter records but he was doctoring paperwork so maybe they were logged out but no one else, including the director, knew the guy was a psycho, or maybe he was a gentleman and a pretty swell guy who just got a bit miffed after being fired so chopped off some dogs’ heads for his first act of animal cruelty ever. Got that?
Due to the criminal investigation, the remaining animals need to be adopted out. They will be sold for $25 each at Tractor Supply in Crowley on Sunday, starting at 11 am. If anyone is in the area and needs financial assistance with the adoption fee, please leave a comment. I will do anything I can to help get the pets away from these people.
The shelter is expected to reopen in one week with the same director running the place.