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Gallia County Dog Wardens On Administrative Leave Following Animal Cruelty Investigation

Reported: Mar. 14, 2014 2:29 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 17, 2014 11:42 AM EDT
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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (Tiersa Davis)-- The Gallia County dog warden and assistant dog warden have been placed on administrative leave after charges were filed against the two in connection to animal cruelty.

Paul L. Simmers, the current dog warden, and Jason Harris, the assistant dog warden, were placed on paid administrative leave on Monday, according to the Gallia County Commissioners Office. The office said the use of leave and the opportunity to respond to the charges are required by law before disciplinary actions can be taken. The commissioner's will take action following the completion of the investigation with the Gallia County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday, Simmers, Harris, and former dog warden Jean Daniels were charged with several violations in connection to animal cruelty. The Gallia County Solicitor's Office filed the charges following an investigation that alleged the three men used a method of euthanizing dogs that was viewed as an unacceptable practice.




GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (Tiersa Davis)-- Three Gallia County dog wardens have been charged with animal cruelty following an investigation into illegal dog euthanizations.

Jean A. Daniels, Paul L. Simmers and Jason Harris all of Gallia County were charged with dozens of violations involving animal cruelty, the Gallipolis City Solicitor's Office said. Daniels was charged with 13 violations. Simmers was charged with 32 violations. Harris was charged with 12 violations. Paul Simmers is the current dog warden for Gallia County.

The Gallia County Sheriff's Department began an investigation into the wardens of the Gallia County Animal Shelter and their method of euthanizing dogs between March 2012 and February 2014. The investigation began in February following a report that alleged 11 dogs were improperly put down.

The solicitor's office said the dog wardens are accused of injecting a solution into the animal's muscles to sedate them, then injecting the same solution into the dogs' hearts. The animals are believed to have suffered intense pain under this method and is viewed as an unacceptable practice by the American Humane Association. The office said the three men had attended a training session by the American Humane Association before the euthanizations.

The investigation could only go back two years because there is a two-year statute of limitation on misdemeanors.



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