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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lake County Animal Services Director Fired After 20 Pets Euthanized In One Day

The new director of the Lake County animal services unit was fired Friday after administrators found 20 pets were euthanized in one day.

Jacquelyn Johnston was hired by the sheriff's office as the head of animal services on Oct. 1, said Sgt. James Vachon, a sheriff's office spokesman.

On Thursday, 18 dogs and two cats were put down, Vachon said.

"To be fair some were indeed sick or injured but certainly not all," Vachon said.

A shelter volunteer told administrators about the euthanizations on Thursday, Vachon said.

Under guidelines from the sheriff's office, animal services allows euthanasia only as a "last resort," when very sick or injured animals cannot be adopted, Vachon said.

"This decision was made on our watch and we have taken swift action to ensure it does not happen again," Sheriff Gary Borders said in a statement.

The sheriff's office took over the county's animal services operations Oct. 1 after a rocky year in which the department lost two other directors.

The Sherriff runs the pound? I guess they don't have a big airport to put the old cops to finish their years and collect retirement. That will be the safest animal shelter anywhere.

Animal lovers have criticized the department in the past for not doing enough to avoid putting animals down.

The shelter euthanized 710 dogs and 2,896 cats in Fiscal Year 2013, a sharp decline from Fiscal Year 2009, when 2,037 dogs and 4,404 cats were put down.

Before he took over the department Sheriff Gary Borders said he wanted to have prison inmates who were charged with nonviolent crimes work in the shelter, cleaning and doing yard work.

Having inmates take over some duties, he said, would free shelter staff to focus on adoptions and animal care, he said in June.
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