The Herald Bulletin

April 4, 2013

Elwood fires humane officer after investigation

By Baylee Pulliam
The Herald Bulletin

ELWOOD, Ind. — The city of Elwood has fired its humane officer following allegations of inappropriate comments made to town residents and euthanizing animals without a court order.   

Monte McCorkle Sr., who’d served as humane officer for about two years, was fired after a month-long investigation that seemed to confirm some of those allegations, police Chief Sam Hanna said.

“It wasn’t just one thing,” he said. “It was a combination of things.”

Namely, three things, he said, included being unprofessional conduct while on duty. Hanna said among the most serious allegations were reports of inappropriate comments made to town residents.

“The statement I was told about, seemed to be confirmed through the investigation,” Hanna said.

The second reason for McCorkle’s firing was his apparent failure to perform duties required of the city’s animal control officer, including performing unapproved euthanizations.

“An animal can only be euthanized if there’s a court order,” Hanna said. In McCorkle’s case, “sometimes there was, and sometimes there wasn’t.”

There were also reports of people who called for animal control and McCorkle failed to resolve the situation.

The third offense was failure to file required reports and paperwork, Hanna said. For example, if a person was bitten by another person’s dog, McCorkle would have been required to file a report so the bitten person could collect compensation from the dog’s owner.

“Throughout the year, I’ve been asking him to do his reports,” Hanna said. “It wasn’t getting done.”

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