Memphis Animal Shelter Abusers Sentenced
(Memphis) Two men who admit to severe cases of abuse against animals they were employed to protect have been sentenced.
Archie Elliott and Frank Lightfoot were caught by an undercover Memphis Police officer then admitted to the abuse.
Elliot, who strangled at least one animal and abused others was sentenced to two-years in prison though he is eligible for parole after serving 7.2 months.
Lightfoot, who admitted to shooting euthanization drugs directly into a dog’s heart without sedative and without using proper equipment, was ordered to serve 20 days in prison and then two years of probation. The 20 days may be served on weekends.
According to the Commercial Appeal, The judge found he (Lightfoot) “owned up” to his actions, which included dropping caged, dying cats to the floor from six feet, stomping one with both feet to hasten its death and giving dogs painful lethal injections directly into their hearts without first using sedation.”
Judge Paula Skahan said she received more than 60 requests to not go easy or grant diversion, which was an option.
Both men were caught by an undercover officer placed inside the facility after many years of abuse, animals reported lost and various employee issues.
Animal advocates have begged Mayor A C Wharton to once again make cameras installed in the shelter available for public viewing via the internet.
The union representing the MAS workers complained and the cameras were ordered to be viewable only inside the facility.
Because of this animal advocates have had to file Freedom of Information paperwork and have found several more situations that have been troubling.
A third man, has asked for a trial for his charges. That trial is set for March 18.