Posted: Jan 25, 2013 6:11 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jan 25, 2013 6:24 PM
A former Crowley Animal Shelter employee is trying to clear his name after being arrested last year.
Mike Edwards is maintaining his innocence. He was arrested last August after a number of dead, decapitated dogs were found behind the shelter. In December, a grand jury in the 15th Judicial District filed a no true bill on all charges. This means there was not enough evidence to indict him. Edwards was originally charged with three counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, five counts of obstruction of justice and one count of malfeasance in office.
Mike Edwards says he was upset he was fired. He worked at the Crowley shelter for five months before being let go after city officials say he killed and mutilated several dogs.
"Then it went to like 200 to 250 dogs, I don't think I have time to do that many, especially in five months," said Edwards.
He was fired for breaking shelter policies, including dumping dog remains in a field behind the shelter.
"Those bodies that were put down, I didn't put them in the proper receptacle, that's why they got mad. It's obstruction of justice, I agree."
Edwards says the receptacle was no longer available, that's why he put the animals in the field. He spent 45 days in jail before bonding out. He and his family have also received hundreds of death threats.
"I don't want the city of crowley to look bad or come back to me for a fairy-tale that the dog man is loose in our community."
Mike Edwards doesn't want his job back, but he is considering legal action.
"It's on the back burner. I'm not sure I'll go against the town, they can't afford a lawsuit. I'll tell you what, they put me through hell," said Edwards.
District Attorney Mike Harson says his office presented all evidence as well as allowed Edwards to testify before the grand jury reached its decision.
There was not enough evidence to indict, but if his office receives any new evidence, they can resubmit the case.