Marion County employee fired after 14 cats taken from shelter found dead

Marion County employee fired after 14 cats taken from shelter found dead

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Marion County's Code Enforcement Officer, Marion Richardson, has been fired after it was reported that he removed about 14 cats from the Marion County Animal Shelter that were later found dead, according to a county official.

Richardson was terminated on Friday, September 9 after he reportedly took the cats from the shelter on Wednesday, September 7, according to a news release from Marion County Administrator Tim Harper.

Richardson advised the shelter staff that he was taking the cats to a farmer, but they were later found dead, Harper stated in the release.

Harper said he requested that the incident be investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division after a discussion with the Marion County Sheriff's Department and the Solicitor's Office. SLED official Thom Berry confirmed that they did receive a request, and they are investigating allegations involving a former Marion County employee.

Richardson served as a Code Enforcement Officer in the Building Inspections Office. Before that, he was an employee at the sheriff's department, the release states.

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