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Case ID: 19980
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013

County: Marion

Disposition: Alleged
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Alleged: David A. Ross

A former Lawrence animal control officer is facing multiple animal neglect charges after police found malnourished and dead animals in the city's animal shelter.

David A. Ross was arrested Monday, nearly two weeks after a Lawrence police officer found several malnourished dogs inside the shelter at 7699 E. 53rd St. He faces 14 misdemeanor counts of animal neglect and one felony count of official misconduct.

Police responded to the shelter around 7 p.m on Oct. 22 after receiving reports of vandalism. They went inside to make sure that none of the animals were harmed.

According to a probable cause affidavit, officers found the animals did not have food and water, and old feces were scattered all over.

Ross' job involved maintaining records of every animal he took into custody and ensuring they were being kept in humane conditions, but court documents allege Ross had been inconsistent in maintaining records of the animals and the shelter was unkempt.

Ross told detectives he went to the shelter Oct. 21 to feed the animals, but a dog got loose. The shelter was a mess when he returned the next day, and he has not been able to clean it. He also said he was following orders to feed the animals only a cup of food a day, and that a lot of the dogs were having diarrhea.

Ross said there were no dead animals when he stopped by the shelter Oct. 22. However, according to documents, there were three animals that had been dead for a while.

Ross awaits an initial hearing Wednesday. He is being held on a $1,500 surety bond at Marion County Jail.

Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup said the city failed in properly overseeing the shelter and he is reviewing how to move forward with the city's animal control services.


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