(Horn Lake, MS) The Horn Lake Police Department is investigating allegations of animal abuse at the city's animal shelter.
On Facebook, a shelter employee posted she was instructed to not feed a dog in hopes of reducing its aggression.
Animal control workers in Horn Lake say the dog, named Bentley, is being fed again only after the police department started investigating claims of abuse.
They wouldn't say why or how long the dog may have gone without food.
A former employee of the shelter said they stopped feeding the dog October 10 after a police officer said it would tame the dog.
The employee even started a Facebook page about it, http://www.facebook.com/adriana.montoya.9250?fref=ts
Horn Lake's police chief declined any interview about the shelter, but did comment on the involvement of one of his officers.
He said officer Lynn Brown did give advice to shelter workers, but doesn't have any authority over them, and can't make the workers do anything.
Ann Marie Easton is a certified professional dog trainer and hand delivered a letter to the shelter Thursday.
“Just trying to tell them that if they want to modify a dog's behavior, you don't starve the dog. There are other means. There are other methods,” said Easton.
She said there is no scientific evidence that starving a dog will make it behave any better.
She says over time it could make them seem calmer, but it's because their bodies are shutting down.
In an email, shelter director Frances Williams said the dog was always given water and food was given starting this past Monday.