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Wyoming animal shelter boss quits after dog pepper-sprayed

October 6, 2018

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The head of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter has resigned after pepper spray was used on a dog that wasn’t threatening anyone.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Friday that Chief Executive Officer Bob Fecht had stepped down.

Police said Fecht instructed an animal control officer to use pepper spray on the 8-month-old pit bull mix on Sept. 5 while another officer held the animal.

The dog had bitten a shelter employee the day before, but police said it was not a threat at the time it was sprayed. It was euthanized the next day.

Police recommended animal abuse charges against Fecht and the two officers. Prosecutors said their actions didn’t meet the standards of the crime.

Fecht was serving a 60-day unpaid suspension. He previously expressed regret in a public statement.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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