Former Boulder City Police Chief Bill Conger faces the crime of failure to perform his public duty for not seeking charges against the former Boulder City Animal Control supervisor alleged to have participated in the deaths of more than 90 shelter dogs, reports the LasVegasNow.
Conger resigned in January after he was blamed for allegedly not seeking charges against Mary Jo Frazier, the Boulder City Animal Control chief. A criminal investigation turned out to be a major blight for the people at city hall and the town’s elected officials; an investigation uncovered over 1,200 suspicious deaths of animals allegedly killed illegally in the shelter by Mary Jo Frazier. Pet owners and animal advocates pushed the city’s police department into the investigation. Soon after the allegations began to fly around, Frazier was allowed to resign and left Nevada. Bill Conger, the interim chief of police in Boulder City, stepped down in January after he was accused of lying about Frazier.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the complaint filed on Tuesday by the Clark County District Attorney’s office, states Conger’s decision to direct his employees not to submit “substantiated felony animal cruelty charges” to its office was “contrary to the form, force and effect of Statutes.” Records indicate that Conger let Frazier “bow out gracefully and retire” and was not going to charge or arrest her for animal cruelty.
The cruelty charges for Frazier were based on the two most egregious events district attorneys investigated. In April 2014, a shelter employee, Ann Inabnitt complained to police that Frazier, who had worked at the shelter for 18 years had been euthanizing animals illegally; that is without waiting for the required five day hold period during which time owners could reclaim their pets or the animals could be adopted. Inabnitt and other shelter employees stated Frazier enjoyed killing animals. One of the most heinous instances involved the death of a Dachshund named Oscar, who had belonged to Frazier’s ex-husband. Frazier injected the dog with lethal drugs and ordered Inabnitt not to record Oscar’s death,
The second count of animal cruelty involved a a pit bull puppy dubbed Lotus. Frazier denied shelter employees from feeding the puppy or treating it because she said she was going “to stick it anyway.” Lotus had been terribly abused and when brought into the shelter, the puppy suffered from broken bones and teeth. That puppy was lucky and has since recovered and been adopted. Read the previous story here.
Frazier has pleaded not guilty. Conger is scheduled to appear in Boulder City Justice Court on April 19 and is represented by an attorney.
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