Two weeks after an employee was charged with euthanizing animals incorrectly at the McCracken County Humane Society, another employee
is facing charges in connection with the shelter’s euthanasia practices.
The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department served a criminal summons to DaLena Hall, 46, of Paducah on Thursday. Hall faces 10 counts of violating a state statute that requires a person to be certified to perform euthanasia, and another charge of falsifying euthanasia records.
Hall is the second employee of the humane society to be charged. On Nov. 17, euthanasia specialist Beau Anderson received a criminal summons after an investigation led police to believe he was euthanizing animals without the proper sedation.
Anderson was in court Thursday, where he entered a not-guilty plea.
Sheriff Jon Hayden said that the department continued its investigation after the initial summons was handed out. The investigation has been extremely complex, and more charges may be on
“We acted so quickly with Anderson because we wanted to make sure the illegal and inappropriate euthanasias stopped,” Hayden said. “The other allegations required a little more time.”
Humane society director Shirley Grimes said last week that she was aware Hall, the shelter’s on-site manager was euthanizing animals. She said the organization was not planning to discipline or fire her. Anderson put in his two-week notice before
the investigation officially began.
The sheriff’s department is continuing its investigation with plans to subpoena additional records shortly. Hall will be in court Jan. 5.