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Animal control worker accused of using machete on dog

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PLAQUEMINE - An animal control worker was fired then arrested after he admitted to using a machete on a dog, according to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office.

Kevin Myrick had only worked for Iberville Animal Control for less than a year. Investigators said he was called out to a wreck off River Road on July 5. That's when a lone dog was found wandering around. Investigators said Myrick later admitted to using a machete on the dog.

Iberville Parish President Mitch Ourso said the dog was "chopped up."

"He described the dog to be in an ill manner," Aubrey St. Angelo with the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office said. "He went to his vehicle, retrieved a blade, a machete, and struck the dog with the machete."

Myrick apparently told his co-workers what he had done, and informed at least one of his supervisors.

"As soon as this was brought to our attention, the employee was terminated immediately," Laurie Doiron, Director of Iberville Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness said.

A report obtained by the Investigative Unit shows on the night Myrick was called out to the scene on River Road, he advised someone had run over the dog. However, he did not say what he did with the animal.

"When our officers arrive on scene and an animal is in distress, they are to gather the animal and bring to a shelter," Doiron said. "We have contracts with local veterinarians. They are to be called immediately to assess, to determine what should be done with that animal."

In this case, that was not done. Doiron said now all of the cases that Myrick investigated are under review to make sure he handled them correctly.

Currently, he's being held without bond and could face additional charges.


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