A union employee at an animal shelter was caught on internal security video hurting a dog. I know those of you who follow the atrocities at the Memphis pound are probably rolling your eyes and yawning – or maybe even nodding off by now because it’s something you’ve seen too many times to count and nothing is ever done, but wait – this happened in Lucas Co, OH. Apparently they do things a little differently there.
The dog warden at the Lucas Co shelter, Julie Lyle, was reviewing video footage from the security cameras, looking for information on an unrelated matter, when she saw the 26 year old employee, Aaron Nova, intentionally hurting a dog up for adoption. She immediately contacted the director and two cruelty officers from the local humane society. All three agreed that the behavior was criminal in nature and a cruelty citation was issued. The dog warden is asking the county commissioners to fire the employee.
(I am inserting a pause here for followers of the abuse at MAS to revive themselves.)
The person in charge saw the abuse and made no attempt to hide it, offered no excuses, and certainly no re-re-re-training. In fact, my favorite part of the article says:
Ms. Lyle said workers receive training when they begin working at the pound on how to move dogs.
“It is always supposed to be done with the least amount of force necessary, starting with a leash and cookies,” she said.
How do you like them apples? The dog in the video has since been adopted and the new owners report he is doing fine.
Oh yeah and that connection between violence against animals and violence against people that naysayers are quick to dismiss? We got that covered:
Mr. Nova has a previous record of violent behavior. He pleaded no contest and was found guilty of domestic violence, knowingly causing or attempt to cause physical harm to family or household member, and also an assault charge, after striking the mother of his daughter with his fist and trying to pull her out of a motor vehicle.
He was sentenced May 3 to a six-month suspended jail sentence and two years of probation.
Mr. Nova has been charged with a second degree misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and pleaded not guilty. But a judge found that the cruelty charge constituted a violation of the probation he got for beating up his child’s mother so he was sent to jail. Mr. Nova’s lawyer appealed however and won. The violent criminal made bail and will remain on paid leave until he goes to trial on the cruelty charge.
Hopefully he won’t hurt any more pets or people while he’s sitting on his ass, collecting paychecks courtesy of law abiding citizens. We may not always like the legal process or the union process in cases like these, but I love the fact that the cruel behavior on the video was instantly recognized for what it was and acted upon accordingly. Refreshing.
(Thank you Clarice for sending in the links on this story.)