Gallia County Commission President David K. Smith addresses members of the Friends of Gallia County’s Animal Shelter on Thursday afternoon at the Gallia County Courthouse. Smith and the board issued a statement about an incident Feb. 14, in which 11 dogs were allegedly destroyed by an animal shelter employee, despite the dogs reportedly having updated vaccinations and prospective adoptive homes. Smith said Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning visited the commission early Thursday morning and said his investigation into the dog deaths is nearing its completion. Once completed, the board said Browning “will forward his findings to the county prosecutor to determine if and what prosecutorial actions will be taken. Once the county commission receives this report from the county prosecutor, the commission will decide what personnel action will be taken.” For more on this story, see the upcoming edition of the Sunday Times-Sentinel.
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