MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The former code enforcement officer for Marion County turned himself in to county authorities Wednesday following an investigation that stemmed from allegations he removed 14 cats from the Marion County Animal Shelter that were later found dead, according to Thom Berry with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division.
Marion Dan Richardson, 51, was charged with misconduct in office, according to a SLED pres release.
Additionally, Richardson and Henry Oliver Rogers, 33, of Mullins, were both charged with animal euthanasia.
According to the arrest warrant, the two suspects allegedly picked up the cats from the shelter on Sept. 7 and took them to the old Marion County landfill, where they shot and killed the animals.
Richardson was fired from his position on Sept. 9. His attorney, Rose Mary Parham, released the following statement Wednesday evening:
Marion thought he was doing his job. He was called by the animal shelter to pick up the feral cats and dispose of them. That is exactly what he did. Shooting a feral cat in the back of the head is actually a more humane way of killing it than using carbon monoxide. Marion loves animals and has an indoor cat of his own. It is a wonder anyone would want to be a law enforcement officer when we not only fire them, but charge them with a crime for doing their job.