After nearly two months of legal battles centered around illegal euthanasia practices at the McCracken County Humane Society, the two workers at the center of the investigation will face new charges.
Assistant County Attorney Todd Jones said the county has filed both new and amended charges against defendants Beau Anderson and DaLena Hall. Jones said the charges stem from items retrieved in a February search of the shelter property.
A search warrant filed Feb. 17 shows officials with the McCracken County sheriff’s department searched the shelter and seized various documents “kept or maintained by employees of the humane society.” Those records included the shelter’s monthly count sheets, medication orders and 2011 euthanizing records, among other things.
Jones did not detail the new charges, but said the information will be made public in the coming days.
Jeremy Ian Smith, lawyer for Hall, and Anderson’s lawyer Kevin Olsen filed motions with the court to dismiss the original charges against both defendants or petitioning the court to at least have them tried separately. Smith said the new charges still do not reflect his client accurately.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try and fail again,” Smith said. “The case was going to be dismissed, so they are bringing this up. I do appreciate their moxie.”
Charges were originally filed against Anderson on Nov. 17; he faced nine counts of euthanizing animals improperly. Hall was notified of pending charges against her two weeks later, which included 10 counts of euthanizing animals without a license and one count of falsifying euthanasia records.
The two were originally expected in court March 6 — when Judge Tony Kitchen was supposed to rule on the motions filed by the pair’s lawyers — but that appearance was continued and set for 3 p.m. March 20.
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