Animal abuse case against former MAS worker thrown out by judge - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Animal abuse case against former MAS worker thrown out by judge

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The trial for Demetria Hogan was thrown out by a judge Monday. The trial for Demetria Hogan was thrown out by a judge Monday.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The animal abuse trial against a former Memphis Animal Services employee was dismissed by the judge Monday.

Demetria Hogan was indicted on misconduct, forgery, and cruelty charges last year.

The charges stemmed from the disappearance of an 11-year-old pit bull named Kapone back in 2011. Witnesses say Hogan picked up Kapone, along with another dog, after they escaped from a backyard. When the dogs' owner went to pick up the dogs, Kapone was nowhere to be found. Records later indicated only the other dog had been processed at the shelter.

Kapone was missing for months before he was discovered at a home in Senatobia, Mississippi.

According to the Memphis Police Department, 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 the dog from the shelter.

Those charges were dropped after prosecutors said that new evidence hampered the state's ability to move forward with the trial.

A second investigation indicated that Hogan failing to do her job resulted in the death of a stray dog in her care.

This case was also dropped when prosecutors say they had evidence stating that the dog could have died from heat stroke before it was brought to the animal shelter.

"It's been two years I've been living under a cloud of lies that they created and now I'm just finally happy that the truth has come out," said Hogan following the dismissal of her case.

Hogan is not the first Memphis Animal Shelter employee to appear in court.

In 2009, a raid of the shelter resulted in cruelty charges against the director, an administrator, and a veterinarian, though some of those charges were dropped.

Two shelter workers pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges earlier this year. And earlier this month, a third employee was convicted of choking dogs as they were about to be euthanized.

His sentencing is set for next month.

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