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(Memphis) A group called S.O.S. (Save Our Shelter) held a protest today regarding the dropping of charges in recent animal abuse cases.

The protest was held at 1 pm at Poplar and Highland.

According to a release,  “the protest will focus on District Attorney General Amy Weirich dropping the charges against Demetria Hogan, accused of stealing Kapone, a beloved family pet.”

Recently charges have been dropped in several cases of animal abuse at the Memphis Animal Shelter.

Last week, District Attorney Amy Weirich dropped charges against Demetria Hogan.

Hogan was indicted on seven counts stemming from two separate incidents during her tenure with Memphis Animal Services.

Those included four counts of official misconduct, one count of forgery, one count of theft and one count of cruelty to animals.

She is best known for her role in the disappearance of a dog named Kapone, who was later found.

The DA’s office reviewed records and witness interviews, which “revealed Hogan did arrive at the shelter with Kapone as indicated on her log sheet” on June 24, 2011. No evidence was found that supported claims Hogan later took the dog from the shelter.

Kapone remained missing until December 20, 2011, when he was found in Senatobia, Miss.

On July 12, 2011, Hogan picked up a dog named Max in Cordova. A second case against her alleged that she caused his death.

The DA’s office says a forensic review indicated Max was exposed to 98-degree heat for at least an hour before Hogan caught him, and therefore “may have suffered a heat stroke prior to transport and died while in transit.”

“The evidence in this case was insufficient to create a reasonable likelihood of a
conviction against Ms. Hogan when considered with the foreseeable defense that could be
raised,” District Attorney General Amy Weirich said.