St. Landry

Jun 19, 2014 3:44 PM by KATC

St. Landry animal shelter worker accused of inhumane euthanasia

The married couple arrested for cruelty to animals at the St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter are accused of cruel euthanasia techniques, according to documents obtained by KATC Investigates.

Animal Control Officer Troy Gallo allegedly would "throw the animal onto the floor to allow Animal Control dogs to finish the killing," after botched heart stick euthanasias, according to a witness statement made to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office.

Gallo's wife and then-animal control supervisor, Patritia Street Gallo, allegedly allowed the "unorthodox euthanizing and disposal of animals" to take place, according to documents.

All this took place from 2010 to 2011. Troy Gallo euthanized animals with a "heart stick," and when he would miss the heart, he would "inject the medicine into the abdominal wall of the animal," before allegedly letting other animals complete the killing.

Deputies said the Gallos also allegedly deprived homeless animals at the shelter of food by stealing what had been donated to feed them.

Both Patricia Street Gallo and Troy Gallo, turned themselves into St. Landry Parish Sherrif's Office custody Wednesday at 8 p.m. after warrants had been issued for them yesterday. Each of them is charged with theft of dog food and cruelty to animals.

Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz explained that the allegations against the couple are corroborated by witness statements.

"An investigation was conducted after our office received complaints stating that animals were being kept in unhealthy conditions with no food or water," Guidroz said.

The Gallos were booked into St. Landry Parish Jail and released after each posted a $2,000 bond.

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