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UPDATE: Animal Control Officers Placed on Leave for 2010, 2013 Calls to Residence

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UPDATE (4/24/2014, 2:25 p.m.): Officials have identified the two animal control officers who were put on administrative leave. They are JD White and Billy Biggs. Officials stressed that they have not been charged and that internal processes, rather than the two individuals, are being investigated. At issue is the lack of documentation relating to two calls to the residence in question. In 2010, animal control officers received a complaint of animal cruelty. In 2013, they received another one for dog fighting. Officials said they are very concerned because there was no paperwork completed on the calls, or at least not any on file.

Additionally, officials reported Thursday one of the 38 dogs has died. The dogs are currently being housed in a government center, a nonprofit shelter and an undisclosed kennel. Five dogs at the undisclosed kennel escaped and started fighting. A couple of dogs were injured and another died as a result of the fight. There was no information on how many dogs remain at the undisclosed kennel.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Two Metro Animal Care and Control officers have been put on administrative leave as authorities investigate a lack of documentation in a case involving 38 dogs discovered in a drug raid and believe to have been used for dog fighting, according to a press conference Wednesday.

Animal control officials said they were very concerned with the lack of documentation in the case and have launched a full internal investigation. As standard procedure dictates, the officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.

RELATED: 38 Dogs, Dog Fighting Discovered in Home Drug Raid

Metro Police confiscated 38 dogs from two adjacent Bordeaux homes on Pewitt Road Tuesday. Those animals are believed to be part of a dog fighting operation. Police say they initially discovered evidence of dog fighting while searching Michael Davis' home 10 days ago during a drug investigation.


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