Family Defends Former Animal Shelter Employee

Family Defends Former Animal Shelter Employee

Family members of a once-arrested Memphis Animal Shelter employee say they knew all along she had done nothing wrong.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Family members of a once-arrested Memphis Animal Shelter employee say they knew all along she had done nothing wrong.

On Monday, prosecutors with the Shelby County District Attorney's Office decided to drop charges against Demetria Hogan.

Hogan had been indicted in April on seven criminal counts related to the disappearance of Kapone, a Cordova family's pit bull mix, and the death of another dog.

"To have everything stripped away from her, it has been real hard on her," said DeMarius Lockhart, Hogan's son. "I think this is a misjustice honestly."

"The evidence in this case was insufficient to create a reasonable likelihood of a
conviction against Ms. Hogan when considered with the foreseeable defense that could be raised," said District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

"The District Attorney's office review of records and interviews with witnesses revealed Hogan did arrive at the shelter with "Kapone" as indicated on her log sheet," Vince Higgins, a spokesman with the District Attorney's office wrote in an e-mailed statement.

"However, there was no evidence supporting claims that Hogan later took "Kapone" away from the shelter. "Kapone" remained missing until the dog was recovered in Senatobia, MS on December 20, 2011," the statement went on to say.

Prosecutors also cited a botched investigation by Senatobia Police, who didn't initially interview the owners of the home where Kapone was found. When investigators returned, the two were gone.

"The investigation did not uncover how Kapone came to be in Senatobia, MS," the statement said.

"I was glad to hear that she was cleared of this and she can forward with her life," Lockhart said. "Anybody who knows her knows her well enough to know she would never do anything like that."

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