On April 12, 2012, the Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Demetria Hogan on two (2) separate indictments totaling four (4) counts of official misconduct (a class “E” felony), one (1) count of forgery (a class “E” felony), one (1) count of theft of property (a class “E” felony) and one (1) count of cruelty to animals (a class “A” misdemeanor).
“The evidence in this case was insufficient to create a reasonable likelihood of a conviction against Ms. Hogan when considered with the foreseeable defense that could be raised,” said District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
On June 24, 2011, Hogan was dispatched to 1542 Oaken Bucket in Cordova to take custody of two (2) stray dogs. Hogan made an entry on her activity log sheet that she collected the dogs “Kapone” and “Jersey” and delivered both dogs to MAS’s holding area upon her arrival.
The District Attorney’s office review of records and interviews with witnesses revealed Hogan did arrive at the shelter with “Kapone” as indicated on her log sheet. However, there was no evidence supporting claims that Hogan later took “Kapone” away from the shelter. “Kapone” remained missing until the dog was recovered in Senatobia, MS on December 20, 2011. The investigation did not uncover how Kapone came to be in Senatobia, MS.
The second case alleged that on July 12, 2011 Hogan neglected to perform required duties and caused the death of a dog named “Max.” The D. A.’s office review of evidence subpoenaed from the city of Memphis revealed that Hogan was dispatched to one (1) call prior to responding to the 7000 block of Long Lane in Cordova and arrived after forty-eight (48) minutes. Once on the scene, Hogan and others tried to give the dog “Max” water. “Max” ran away a short distance and collapsed. Hogan put “Max” in the MAS vehicle and requested registration information. Upon receiving registration information, Hogan went to the owners’ home and left note that the dog would be taken to MAS.
On July 12, National Weather Service indicated that the high temperature in Memphis reached 98-degrees. The forensic review indicated “Max” was exposed to the 98-degree heat for at least an hour prior to Hogan taking it into custody. The forensic review further indicated that “Max” may have suffered a heatstroke prior to transport and died while in transit from Cordova to the MAS on Tchulahoma Road in southeast Memphis.