Charges Dropped against Former MAS Director, Assistant

Charges Dropped against Former MAS Director, Assistant

The state has dropped animal cruelty charges against the former director of the Memphis Animal Shelter.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - The state has dropped animal cruelty charges against the former director of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

After a much-publicized raid by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office in 2009, then-director Ernest Alexander and a top assistant were indicted.

Court records show the charges against Alexander and Tina Quattlebaum were withdrawn by the prosecution. According to the District Attorney's office, lack of cooperation of key witnesses and lack of evidence concerning the defendants' direct contact with the victim animals were cited among the reasons the state couldn't prove the charges had the case gone to trial.

Defense lawyer Herschel Rosenberg said those responsible for starving animals at the shelter sat on the City Council and kept cutting the shelter budget. He said the state had no case.

A case against former shelter veterinarian Dr. Angela Middleton went to trial in October and she was acquitted of charges.

Tina Quattlebaum
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