Resident Files Complaint over Treatment of Dog

An attempted rescue of an injured dog apparently went wrong Sunday in Meridian.

Judy Gibbs, of Dalewood, said she and several others noticed the dog dragging himself off North Hills Street Sunday, after his hind end had apparently been struck by a vehicle.

Gibbs said they all had stopped to see what they could do and called what they thought was animal rescue to get help for an injured dog, but never expected the treatment that they and the dog got.

Gibbs says she and the others were surprised when Meridian Animal Control showed up and she says things went downhill from there.

"And I stood up and said, 'please don't hurt the dog. Please don't hurt this dog. It's already in pain. We're going to take it to the vet.' And he turned and went to his vehicle and called the police on me and told me I was going to jail if I interfered," said Gibbs.
"He snatched the dog up off the ground by its neck and slammed it in the back of the truck."

Gibbs says the city animal control worker then wrote her a ticket for offering to take the dog to a vet instead, and then took the dog away in a truck.

Gibbs said she has filed a formal complaint with the Meridian Police Department.

Newscenter 11 contacted Meridian Police Department, which oversees the city's animal control facility. An MPD spokesman said that animal control is required to respond to any situation involving animals inside the city limits and that procedure was followed in issuing Gibbs a citation when she interfered.

Police say the dog was put down due to the severity of its injuries.

Lauderdale County's animal control is a joint operation of the city of Meridian and Lauderdale County. Officials say they take in about 4,000 animals annually, and have an adoption rate of about thirty percent.


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  • by Shadow Dancer Location: ??? on Mar 2, 2012 at 09:53 AM
    Go figure! A rich woman from the stuck up Dalewood community once to dictate how someone does their job, because she is so rich and so liberal! ____ ____! If this was a human, she wouldn't have gave to craps about it! If she was so concerned about the animal, why didn't she scoop it up into her fine automobile and take it to the vet herself! See that is the problem with pompous people! The live in their nice gated communities (Dalewood)then want to come in our communities and force their liberal beliefs on us! Do youself a favor and hceck your own self before you case a beam on others! It was a stray animal, and the Officer did his job accordingly! If you was so concerned, why didn't you scoop it up and take it to the vet in your fancy automobile while you was on your way home to your fancy community!
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      by Compassionate Citizen on Mar 2, 2012 at 05:47 PM in reply to Shadow Dancer
      To Shadow Dancer: Do you know Judy? Why are you calling her a stuck-up, rich woman? Do you know how much money she has? Why do you think "rich" people live at Dalewood? Your statements make you sound as if you are about 13-years old. A dog was injured and she stopped to help. It's as simple as that. What does her social status have to do with helping an innocent animal, who was not, by the way, a stray. He was wearing a collar, and had probably gotten out of his yard. You really have a chip on your shoulder, but don't blame Judy. She did something that you obviously would never have dreamed of doing, because she has a heart!
  • by Wow on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    Where was the police supervisor?
  • by Angela Location: MS on Feb 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
    This has put Mississippi on the wall of shame yet again!
  • by Jason Location: Meridian on Feb 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM
    I wish someone would post this Animal Control Guy's name ... I would love to pick him up and throw him in the back of my truck!
  • by scott Location: meridian on Feb 29, 2012 at 03:06 PM
    after recently having an encounter with the meridian police it doesn't surprise me at all that the response was the way it was concerning the injured dog. the police dept.here in Meridian is a joke at its' best. this is another example of the incompetance that we have in nearly every city dept but this is an all time low.
  • by Response to Joshua on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:54 PM
    There were several witnesses... Not just one testimony. Feel free to read the previous post. I was there in the parking lot and witnessed the entire incident. She was innocent! It's just one person standing up for what they believe in... You are allowed to do the same....so feel free
  • by To joshua on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:50 PM
    Joshua, you may be right. Everyone has the right to voice their beliefs but this is not the area for a topic such as abortion. You are free to stand up for what you believe... The point here is that a dog was harmed and a innocent person was fined for stopping to help
  • by ivy Location: collinsville on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:01 PM
    Anybody that doesn't see what's wrong with what the animal control guy did needs to be thrown in a closed in truck after being hit by a car! And if anyone wants to protest at the next city council meeting post it. I'm sure we can get enough people to make a difference! And get that lazy no good animal control guy fired.
  • by Joshua Location: Meridian on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM
    I wonder how many of the people posting on here would even think of posting a comment if there were an article about an unborn baby being killed inside it's mother. everyone will get so upset about a dog, but no one will say a word about abortion. what is wrong with america? human life is incalculably more valuable than an animal, and yet people want someone to go to jail, or at least loose their means of income over a stupid dog! why aren't you out there demanding that the abortion doctors go to jail or loose jobs? are dogs more important that humans? thousands of babies are killed every day and no one will speak out. one dog MAY have been mistreated according to ONE persons testimony, and everyone is terribly upset. How did our values get so messed up?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 05:40 PM in reply to Joshua
      I agree. There is so much outrage & vitral hatred towards someone doing their job. Yet at the same time they will turn their heads when the words abortion come up or better yet call the ones doing the outcrying "crazy" or "out of touch" or "radical". The mob mentality has virtually been unleashed. Heaven help us all! Where have all our morals gone?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 08:46 AM in reply to Joshua
      How about that statement was totally irrelevant to the story. If you want to do something about abortion, commenting here and ridiculing people for caring definitely isn't the way to sway peoples mind.
  • by Sad on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM
    It appears from the posting today that people care more about dogs than they do their fellow human beings. This whole city, state and country is going to the dogs, in a hurry. Hold on folks it is 2012!!!
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