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Investigation: Taylor Co. Dog Warden Accused of Leaving 3 Dogs to Die
Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on September 05, 2012 @ 6:59PM
Created on September 05, 2012 @ 5:37PM
Tuesday night on 5 News, we told you that we had received several reports about an incident involving the Taylor County animal control officer and three dead dogs. Since then, we've been working to get more information about this incident.

5 News spoke with several different Taylor County officials on Wednesday, but all we could get confirmed was that authorities are investigating the allegations made against Jackie Knotts.

A Taylor County deputy was in charge of the investigation at first. But the case has been reassigned.
 
Since that officer is a county employee, and so is Knotts, officials wanted to avoid a conflict of interest. So Grafton Police are now taking over the investigation.
 
In case you didn't hear, Knotts is the county's animal control officer, but she's also apparently a school bus driver. Accusations have been made that she left three dogs in her county vehicle, while she was on her school bus run. Those three dogs apparently died from being left in the heat.
 
Some folks shared their thoughts on this incident, and they said if this is true, they hope she gets punished.
 
"To leave an animal in the car, when it's as hot as it is, without any kind of water and the windows up, it's inhumane. It shouldn't be allowed, and I think they need to press charges against her," said Keith Fought, Harrison County resident.
 
One rumor about this investigation that police were able to knock down was that this incident did not take place on school property. It actually happened across from the school bus garage on Maple Avenue in Grafton.

So far, no charges have been filed against Knotts, since these allegations are still under investigation. But we'll be sure to alert you to any new information as it becomes available.

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Comments (2)
Sep 06, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I hope when the truth comes out in the investigation about someone putting those dogs in her car while she was on her bus run( there are witnesses)everyone who accused her of this horrible act will apologize. Anyone and everyone that knows Jackie, knows she could never do anything like this!
Sep 05, 2012 at 9:34 PM
If anyone should know that leaving any child or animal in a vehicle is against the law and fineable it should be the dog catcher. I myself have called and reported dogs left in cars. Why do people feel the need to take their dogs to the store and leave them locked in a hot car? It's shameful! The one that shocked me the most was a few weeks ago Mr. Manypenny had left his large dog sitting in his pick up in the parking lot on a hot day. The reason I know it was his was because he had his name plastered all over the doors. It's not like the dog needs to go wait for you to do your shopping1 I'm sure they enjoy sitting in the car with the windows up. Don't you think they would rather be at home under a shade tree? Use your heads people! Why don't you sit in your car with the windows up in the Wal Mart parking lot for say 15 minutes and see how long you can stand it before your turn your air conditioner on!
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