(Warning: photos of dead shelter pets at the link.)
Jason Grizzle, a dog owner in Holdenville, OK, went to the local pound to look for his lost pet on June 14. What he found was horrifying:
He says the facility was unlocked and unattended. He says there were at least 10 dead dogs and cats in various forms of decomposition, still in their cages.
Mr. Grizzle did not see his missing pet but did take photos to document the cruelty. He showed the photos to local media. Mr. Grizzle told a reporter that he has worked in a slaughterhouse and even so was deeply disturbed by the cruelty evident at the pound. Investigators determined some of the pets had suffered until they died from the heat while others suffered an even more prolonged and agonizing death from starvation.
Holdenville’s ACO, Adam Smith, has been charged with felony animal cruelty and removed from his position. He had worked under the supervision of the police department. The police chief had no comment on the case. At its meeting last week, the city council discussed the possibility of building a new facility for the pound but took no action.
Based on similar cases I’ve covered for the blog, I have little doubt that former ACO Smith would still be on the job and still hurting shelter animals if not for Mr. Grizzle taking photos and showing them to the local TV news. The fact that the supervising agency has apparently taken no responsibility for these heinous crimes is very telling to my mind. If the police chief had no idea of the cruelty going on at the pound, he is negligent. If he was aware and allowed it to continue, he should be charged with a crime. Thank you Jason Grizzle for getting involved and taking action when no one else did.
(Thanks Clarice for alerting me to this story.)