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Memphis Animal Shelter workers indicted for cruelty

Archie Elliott, III, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail. Archie Elliott, III, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.
Billy D. Stewart, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail. Billy D. Stewart, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.
Frank Lightfoot, Jr., photo courtesy Shelby County Jail. Frank Lightfoot, Jr., photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.

By ADRIAN SAINZ
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says three employees of the troubled Memphis Animal Shelter have been charged with aggravated animal cruelty after an investigation by an undercover police officer.

Wharton said Thursday that the three workers were indicted Tuesday but he offered few details about any alleged acts of cruelty, saying the investigation is ongoing. Wharton did say the alleged acts did not involve dog fighting or animal starvation.

The officer found six animals were abused as they awaited euthanasia at the facility, which has changed locations and has received a new shelter director in recent months.

In all, six shelter employees have been indicted on animal cruelty charges in the past two and a half years. Sheriff's deputies raided the shelter in October 2009, finding starving, abused and neglected animals.

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