Former Memphis Animal Shelter veterinarian sues city - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former Memphis Animal Shelter veterinarian files lawsuit against city

Dr. Angela Middleton Dr. Angela Middleton

(WMC-TV) - A former veterinarian that was fired after a raid at the Memphis Animal Shelter has filed a civil complaint against the city of Memphis.

In her complaint, Dr. Angela Middleton accuses the city of firing her based on race and retaliation.

On October 27, 2009, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department raided the Memphis Animal Shelter. At the time Middleton was a full-time veterinarian making $80,000 per year at the Shelter.

Months later, on February 5, 2010, Middleton was among three employees indicted on animal cruelty charges.

Friday, Middleton filed a civil complaint in federal court, claiming a white female veterinarian who worked part-time at the shelter at the time of the raid was hired as her replacement.

In her complaint, Middleton claims she always performed her job in an admirable way, and was made a "scapegoat" for years of administrative malfeasance.

The complaint alleges the shelter raid and misinformation provided by the city resulted in her indictment. Additionally, she said, several false and misleading news reports are making it impossible for her to find another job.

In her complain, Middleton asks for back pay, front pay and compensatory damages in return. The complaint does not request a specific dollar amount.

The EEOC made no conclusion after its investigation into Middleton's dismissal.

Monday, her attorney did not return a message seeking comment.

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