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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