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Ex-animal control chief indicted in cruelty case

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Las Vegas, NV (KVVU) — Clark County grand jury Thursday indicted a former Boulder City animal control supervisor in connection with an animal cruelty case.

According to the Clark County District Attorney’s office, Mary Jo Frazier was indicted on two counts of felony cruelty to animals.

One count is tied to the unjustifiable euthanization of a dachshund named Oscar and the other is tied to mistreatment of a pit bull puppy named Lotus, the district attorney’s office said.

“We are looking forward to finally seeking justice on these charges,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney in charge of animal cruelty cases Amy Ferreira. “Sadly, Lotus was in Ms. Frazier’s care because she had already been severely abused.”

Pet owners in Boulder City pushed the city’s police department to investigate and charge Frazier in the handling of animals when she was head of the department. In December, the district attorney’s office said it was reviewing the case.

Some pet owners accused Frazier of improperly euthanizing their animals who were in her custody.

Those owners said Frazier left Nevada following her ouster. In addition, Bill Conger, who served as an interim police chief in Boulder City, stepped down amid the investigation.

“I think the police department in some ways was accountable, they conducted the investigation,” said former Boulder City Chief of Police Thomas Finn.

“Detective Dave Olson, who I consider a hero in this matter, presented this matter fully, was going to present it for charges, and was told to not present it, basically to close out the investigation,” Finn added.

Each count against Frazier carries a prison sentence of one to four years, the district attorney’s office said.