Three animal shelter employees in Gallipolis pleaded not guilty to charges of inhumanely killing dogs.
The Gallia County dog warden Paul Simmer, his assistant, Jason Harris and former warden Jean Daniels pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty.
The three are accused of killing dogs by injecting a drug directly into their hearts without using a sedative, which veterinarians say causes extreme pain before death.
The misdemeanor animal cruelty charges were filed after necropsies done at Ohio State University's veterinary hospital showed that several of the dogs recovered from the county animal shelter were inhumanely euthanized.
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