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Posted by mingdurga on May 16, 2003 at 11:42:24:
Animal Control Officer Fired
A Detroit animal control officer was recently fired for feeding
puppies to a large python that had been confiscated during a
The firing took place after an investigation of the incident was
conducted by the Detroit Health Department (DHD), which
oversees the operation of Detroit Animal Control.
"Workers saw a puppy walking around in the cage with the snake
and asked the (officer) why it was in there, and she said she was
feeding the snake," Wayne County Office of the District Attorney
spokesperson Rebecca Tenorio told a Detroit Free Press reporter.
Criminal charges were considered, but there was insufficient
"Of course, this is not something we condone," DHD Deputy
Director Judith West told a WDIV-TV reporter. "We absolutely
cannot allow people to do things that are not in keeping with the
way we do business."
The snake has been relocated to a wildlife sanctuary in Ohio.
by Charlotte LoBuono and Patricia Collier