GBI wraps up investigation into Warner Robins Animal Control Shelter

Shannon Lilly (WGXA)

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed their inquiry into the Warner Robins Animal Control Center.

GBI special agent in charge JT Ricketson said that now that the investigation has finished, the GBI has passed over their findings to District Attorney George Hartwig.

Ricketson said earlier this month, the Houston County Sheriff's Office asked the GBI to look into allegations of animal abuse at the Warner Robins shelter.

He said they were asked to look at some videos of the alleged abuse, which came after a Houston County animal control officer filed a complaint of multiple incidents of animal cruelty she said she witnessed.

Ricketson also said that the GBI interviewed that Houston County animal control officer as well as about 12 to 15 other Houston County and Warner Robins control officers.

"We've left no stone uncovered on this case. We've gone all the way into it. We brought the experts in from the Department of Agriculture both on the state and federal level to be with us because they are the ones that are most familiar with the rules and regulations that govern these shelters," Ricketson said.

The shelter is run by the Warner Robins Police Department.

A statement by their Public Information Officer, Jennifer Parson, says, "At this time, due to the pending investigation, we are unable to discuss the allegations presented in the incident report. We also stand behind our employees."

The investigation also comes after the shelter euthanized 61 animals in one day last months.

Warner Robins Animal Control uses euthanasia on stray animals on a weekly basis in order to keep up with the intake of strays. However, on that day it had been almost two weeks since the last euthanasia.

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