On Thursday, former Animal Control Supervisor Mary Jo Frazier was indicted on two counts of animal cruelty, according to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, in Boulder City, Nevada reports LasVegas Now.
In what has 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 an 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.
“Animal cruelty of any type is unacceptable. This case is especially unsettling because the defendant was a person trusted by our community to treat all animals in her care humanely,” stated Clark County Distric Attorney Steve .
The cruelty charges are 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. In 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.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Boulder City Police Officer David Olson, began an investigation and uncovered deaths of 91 animals euthanized in a one-year period that violated the city code requiring animals to be held for at least five days and for a vet to see and refer them first for a mercy killing. Officer Olson recommended criminal charges, including felony animal torture or killing and misdemeanor unlawful animal poisoning last April. He was basically told to not present the evidence and close the case. Fortunately Officer Olson didn’t give up.
The city said Frazier was relieved of her duties within hours of officials learning about the “inexcusable” and “grotesque” events. She was forced to resign a few days later and filed paperwork to retire after her 18 year career. Statistics reveal, since 2006, when Frazier was first promoted to supervisor, half of all animals that came into the shelter were killed. If found guilty of both counts, Frazier could serve one to four years in prison for each count.
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