After failing to get convictions on any of the three managers indicted in connection with the 2009 MAS raid, state prosecutor Chris West was replaced by prosecutors Marques Young and Katie Ratton for the trial of former Memphis ACO Demetria Hogan. Accused of selling an impounded Pitbull named Kapone out the back door and allowing another owned pet named Max to suffer until he died as she evaded police, Hogan had been indicted on “four counts of official misconduct, one count of forgery, one count of theft and one count of cruelty to animals.” Yesterday, District Attorney General Amy Weirich dropped all charges and the judge dismissed the case.
The Commercial Appeal breaks it down:
In the case of Kapone, [Young] said, proving that Hogan did not deliver the dog to the shelter – resulting in the theft and paperwork forgery charges – became more difficult upon learning that Hogan may have witnesses who said she did deliver the animal.
Oh let me guess – some fellow MAS workers, those paragons of virtue?
And in the case of Max, the dog whom, at the time of the indictment, no one disputed was alive when impounded by Hogan:
Prosecutors said a subsequent necropsy showed the dog could have died from the heat at the scene and not necessarily in Hogan’s animal truck while being taken to the shelter.
Coulda, woulda, shoulda. I was going to leave it there, and just let the pathetic excuse for a case offered by the prosecutors speak for itself but then one of them had to jam the knife in further and twist it around:
“It’s very sad when a dog has died or a dog is missing,” said Ratton, “but that doesn’t always mean a crime has been committed.”
As sorry as I am for what happened to Kapone, at least the so-called irresponsible public stepped up and helped him get back home eventually. And even though no one connected to the case seemed to be interested in doing their jobs, the happy ending helped ease the pain of his theft. But with Max, the dog whom no one disputed was alive at the time of impound, there was no happy ending. As it was reported last summer, police were attempting to locate Hogan in order to arrest her for cruelty in connection with the “disappearance” of Kapone, and she was allegedly tipped off that police were waiting for her at the pound. So instead of taking the dog she had on her truck at the time – a 9 year old Lab mix called Max – to MAS, she apparently drove around for a couple of hours until police left. Max died during this time. Per a necropsy report, his death was non-accidental heat stroke.
At the time I naively hoped that whoever tipped Hogan off would be charged and fired. Obviously that didn’t happen. And while I have no information as to the identity of the supposed witnesses who “may” have testified that Kapone was delivered to MAS by Hogan, I can’t help but wonder if they are the same individuals who tipped her off about police causing, to my mind, Max to needlessly suffer and die.
Bloody hell, Memphis. I suppose the city will now reinstate Hogan with back pay and a new chokepole and send her back out on patrol to protect the city from animal abusers.
It’s very sad when a dog has died or a dog is missing such as happened in this case and in my view, it strongly suggests a crime has been committed. But neither the DA nor the prosecutors could apparently be bothered to do their jobs. Which is par for the course in Memphis. And it wouldn’t surprise me one iota if Mayor Wharton and his cronies were pleased as punch with the outcome. Yay Memphis.