Internal investigation complete after Dothan puppy dies in freez - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Internal investigation complete after Dothan puppy dies in freezer

William Henry Roberson (Source: Dothan Police Department) William Henry Roberson (Source: Dothan Police Department)
DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -

A thorough investigation by the Internal Affairs Division of the Dothan Police Department is revealing new details in the case of a city employee who put a puppy in a freezer where it ultimately died.

William Henry Roberson, 57, of Webb, was charged with animal cruelty after police say the Animal Control Division employee mistakenly placed a live, though unconscious animal in the freezer. The investigation now reveals that Robertson thought the dog was already dead.

Investigators say there was one live but unconscious animal in a cage and one deceased animal in a different cage in the same room, but Robertson apparently overlooked the deceased animal.

The live puppy was in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes before another employee found it. The mixed breed dog died shortly after being discovered.

The facts were revealed during a determination hearing on August 26, for which Roberson was present. Authorities presented the case a violation of city personnel rules and regulations regarding misconduct, a major offense.

The disciplinary actions against Roberson are being kept confidential, according to Police Chief Gregory Benton. If found guilty in a court of law on the charge of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, Roberson could be punished by fines and up to a year in jail.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Oro Valley woman injured in javelina attack

    Oro Valley woman injured in javelina attack

    Thursday, March 30 2017 1:19 AM EDT2017-03-30 05:19:21 GMT
    (Source: AZGFD.net)(Source: AZGFD.net)

    An Oro Valley woman was bitten by a javelina while walking her dog late last week, authorities said.

    An Oro Valley woman was bitten by a javelina while walking her dog late last week, authorities said.

  • Wooden bridges ready to get the proverbial ax

    Wooden bridges ready to get the proverbial ax

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 11:23 PM EDT2017-03-30 03:23:00 GMT
    Wednesday, March 29 2017 11:35 PM EDT2017-03-30 03:35:52 GMT
    Poinsett County Judge Bob Cantrell (Source: KAIT)Poinsett County Judge Bob Cantrell (Source: KAIT)

    There are about a dozen wooden bridges left in Poinsett County and officials there are working to replace them. 

    There are about a dozen wooden bridges left in Poinsett County and officials there are working to replace them. 

  • Renovation of courthouse to begin

    Renovation of courthouse to begin

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 11:13 PM EDT2017-03-30 03:13:53 GMT
    Wednesday, March 29 2017 11:35 PM EDT2017-03-30 03:35:18 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Poinsett County Quorum Court plans to release funding for repairs to the county courthouse.

    The Poinsett County Quorum Court plans to release funding for repairs to the county courthouse.

Powered by Frankly