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Fired Tenn. deputy accused of improper animal euthanasia

July 15th, 2011 9:02 am by Nicole Young

A Sumner County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with three counts of improper euthanasia methods and fired from his job at Sumner County Animal Control after witnesses said he injected animals in the heart instead of following normal protocol, which involves tranquilizing the animals first, then giving the shot intravenously.

Deputy John A. Williams Jr., 48, of 1497 AB Wade Road in Portland, was first placed on leave and then fired after a two-day investigation earlier this week, according to Sheriff Sonny Weatherford.

“It’s upsetting that someone would do this that works for the sheriff’s office because they know better. They were properly trained,” Weatherford said. “I can’t tolerate anyone violating the law, and I hate that it happened, but as soon as we found out about it we took swift action and got it taken care of.”

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