Pineville releases its animal control officer after shooting - KOAM TV 7

Pineville releases its animal control officer after shooting

Updated June 12, 2013:  A Pineville city official says animal control officer Tom Cole has been released from his position.

Kaitlyn Francisco says her 18 year old Chihuahua was shot by Cole after the dog had been let out to use the restroom but did not return.

Francisco says she was told the city's animal control officer found the dog loose, and because it looked skinny and had been hit, he took the dog out and shot her.

But Noel animal shelter officials say that older dogs can often develop hair loss, be thin and have arthritis.  Regardless, the shelter says the state of Missouri requires dogs picked up to be held for at least five days.


Posted June 7, 2013:  A Pineville, Missouri woman looks for justice after her dog has been allegedly shot by city official.

City council members are now seeking actions against the animal control officer.  Kaitlyn Francisco got Pooh Bear when she was just two years old.

Now about 18 years later the dog is dead, but not because of old age.

"She was a big part of our family and one of the best dogs in the world" says Francisco.

On May 30th when the family got together they let the dog out to use the restroom, the next day they got a call that she had been found. A neighbor had reported seeing the dog out and called animal control.

"So I went into city hall and when I got in there and I said hey I'm needing to find out where the dog is and one of the city clerks said you're not going to like that answer and I said why not and she said tom had that dog put down" says Francisco.

Francisco says the cities animal control officer Tom Cole shot Pooh Bear because she looked like she was skinny and had been hit.

"He just kind of traveled off and that's when we found out he had taken her somewhere and shot her" says Francisco.

Noel animal shelter officials say that older dogs can often develop hair loss, be thin and have arthritis. Shelter director Nichole Skaggs is in charge of animal control rescue's for the Noel area and says the state has specific laws for dogs owned in city limits. Like making sure the dog has a city tag and up to date rabies shots with a vet number on it, but things like micro chipping come in handy when your dog goes missing.

"The state of Missouri requires any dog that is picked up to be held for a minimum of five days, every city has their own ordinance some are seven some are ten days that need to be held" says Skaggs.

For now all that Francisco says she wants is justice for her pets death and to help prevent the same things from happening again.

"Tom actually lives just a couple of streets away, he's been outside plenty of times when the dog has been outside and has waived so I mean he had to have known it belonged to someone in this town at least, he could've taken the time and got it back to the owner" says Francisco.

We tried contacting the city for a comment but there city attorney and mayor were unavailable.

A city meeting was held Thursday night to discuss the matter, Francisco will find out Monday what penalties will be taken.

 Kaitlyn Francisco's petition :


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