Cruelty Case Dismissed against Former Memphis Animal Shelter Worker

Cruelty Case Dismissed against Former Memphis Animal Shelter Worker

A former Memphis Animal Services employee is off the hook for animal cruelty after the charges were dismissed in court Monday afternoon.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A former Memphis Animal Services employee is off the hook for animal cruelty after the charges were dismissed in court Monday afternoon.

Demetria Hogan, 46, was indicted on multiple charges tied to the disappearance of a pit bull named Kapone.

The dog's owner, Brooke Shoup, last saw Kapone and her other dog, Jersey, on June 24, 2011. Shoup said she came home to find both dogs had escaped from the backyard of her Cordova home. She said the fence in her backyard had been damaged during a spring storm.

Shoup said witnesses told her both dogs had been picked up by an Animal Control worker, later identified as Demetria Hogan. Knowing neither dog had tags or a collar, she went down to the shelter the next morning. She quickly found Jersey, but Kapone was nowhere to be found.

Shoup, feeling ignored by shelter workers and management, filed a police report, called the media and waited.

Kapone's disappearance quickly became a symbol of persisting problems at the Memphis Animal Shelter, with banners hung around town offering an $8,000 reward for information on his whereabouts.

Several weeks after Kapone disappeared, there was a second incident which ended with the death of a dog. Hogan picked up the injured dog on Hillshire, but prosecutors say she then drove around in the heat of the summer with the dog in the back of her truck for two hours. They alleged was she was trying to avoid police, who were waiting at the shelter to arrest her for the disappearance of Kapone.

Hogan has since been fired from Memphis Animal Services.

Kapone was located at a home in Senatobia, Mississippi in December 2011 and returned to his owners.

At Hogan's June 17 court appearance, the case was dismissed due to a lack of evidence. The prosecutor says one of the reasons the Kapone case was dropped is police in Mississippi never questioned the people who had Kapone when he was found. More than a week later when police went back to the residence, the house was vacant. Those people were never found.

As for the charges related to the other dog's death, a forensic review determined the dog could have suffered a heat stroke prior to its transport to the shelter.


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