Update on Internal Inquiry Related to Graphic Animal Photo


By Staff Reports

(Hesperia) – On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the City of Hesperia was made aware of a graphic photo attributed to the Hesperia Animal Shelter was circulating online. The City conducted an internal inquiry to determine the origins of the photo and sought specific information related to the incident. On Thursday, May 14, 2015, staff disclosed to the public that the photo was taken in 2013. Based on information discovered through its internal inquiry, the City has determined that it is now necessary to turn this matter over to law enforcement for a criminal investigation.

Because an investigation into staff conduct and shelter procedures was recently concluded based on an incident in February 2015, the date of the photo may be important. The date of the photo, however, does not make the image any less disturbing.

Moving forward, the City is prepared to cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in their investigation. The City remains committed to providing compassionate care to the animals at the Hesperia Animal Shelter and to finding families for homeless pets.

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