Regular readers might remember the post on the Salisbury, MA junkyard dog catchers – a father and daughter team allegedly defrauding taxpayers. One owner described to a local news reporter how the female ACO came into her yard and cut the rope to which her dog was tied. The owner says she tried to reclaim the dog and was informed she would need to come up with more than $1000, payable personally to the ACO. When the owner was unable to pay the fees, the dog was “adopted by someone else”.
Salisbury officials recently determined that, in taking the dog, “proper procedure wasn’t followed”. They found the dog, a boxer named Shelby, and reunited her with the rightful owners 6 months after the ACO stole Shelby from her home. Local officials have also deemed the housing of the dogs at the ACOs’ junkyard a “conflict of interest”. The state is involved as well:
The state Department of Agricultural Resources, which oversees local animal control officers, also started an investigation. A department spokesman said Thursday the investigation is still ongoing.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)