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Former shelter employee indicted on animal abuse charges

Demetria Hogan, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail. Demetria Hogan, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.

(WMC-TV) – Demetria Hogan, the former Memphis Animal Services employee linked to the disappearance of a pit-bull named "Kapone," is facing a long list of charges including forgery, theft and cruelty to animals.

Hogan, has been indicted on four counts of official misconduct, one count of forgery, one count of theft of property and one count of cruelty to animals.

"As far as the infractions that occurred with Demetria Hogan, we have processes in place to prevent that from happening (again)," said James Rogers, director of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

Between June 23 and July 1, 2011, Hogan failed to perform her duties, abused her authority and made false entries on official records when she stole a dog from the shelter, according to the Memphis Police Department.

Witnesses say they watched Hogan pick up "Kapone," an 11-year-old pit-bull, and "Jersey," a 3-year-old pit-bull, after the dogs escaped from the backyard of a Cordova home.

When the dogs' owner went to the shelter to pick up the dogs, they found "Jersey." However, "Kapone" was nowhere to be found.

Records later indicated only one dog had been processed at the shelter.

"Kapone" was missing until December of 2011, when he was discovered at a home in Senatobia, Mississippi.

"There are things in place now to make sure that anytime an employee crosses boundaries that they're not supposed to cross, such as state/county boundaries, even city zip codes, we have the technology available to ensure where they are or how long they've been there," said Rogers.

Meanwhile, a second Memphis police investigation indicated that on July 12, 2011, Hogan abused her authority again and neglected to perform required duties which ended with the death of a stray dog in her care.

If Hogan is convicted, the charges carry a sentence ranging from a year to six years behind bars.

Hogan was fired by the animal shelter in July of 2011.

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