Firefighter Who Allegedly Left Poisoned Food That Killed Cats and Dog Faces Felony Charges

An El Paso, Texas firefighter has turned himself in on an arrest warrant after being accused of leaving poisoned cat food for animals in a neighborhood.

According to officials from the El Paso Police Department, residents reported suspicious behavior on May 28.

“Residents noticed a man placing plates of cat food in the area, which neighbors found suspicious,” officials said in a news release. Days later, five cats and one dog fell ill and died from contaminated food.

The Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit conducted an investigation and learned that Lt. Sean Hankey of the El Paso Fire Department was responsible for leaving food for the animals.

Five of these animals were pets and one was a stray animal.

An El Paso police press release officer said NEWSWEEK The police learned that the food was poisoned based on information from local residents and what they found through the investigation. However, he declined to disclose those specific findings at the time this report was published.

The press official said it was not known if this was the only time Hankey had taken out contaminated plates of food.

Police declined to share some details about the ongoing investigation, but KFOX14 reported different findings in the affidavit. According to the outlet, the affidavit stated that a woman stated that she saw a plate of food left on her balcony that her pets had access to, but that it did not contain “normal pet food.”

Other dishes that were found were eaten, killing other animals. The website reported that the affidavit stated that a cat from the neighborhood and the woman’s neighbor’s dog were found dead with white foam and a pink substance around their mouths.

pet food plate
An El Paso, Texas firefighter has been charged with placing plates of contaminated cat food around his neighborhood, killing five cats and a dog. In the photo above, two puppies are eating from a food bowl.
Tim Graham / Getty Images

The police also refused to share the results of food tests with Newsweek.

However, KFOX14 reported that the affidavit stated that ibuprofen was in the food on the plates.

Hank turned himself in to the charges, and his bond was set at $15,000.

According to officials, cruelty to animals causing death is a third-degree felony in the state of Texas. Convicts could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

El Paso Fire Chief Mario D’Agostino said in a statement sent to NEWSWEEK. “The individual is currently on administrative leave pending investigation.”

Cases of animal cruelty are common all over the country.

NEWSWEEK She reported in early October that Ruth Ruprecht had been arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges. She is the owner of SAFFARI (Save a Furry Friend Animal Rescue Inc.), which was founded in 2012 as an animal rescue.

However, officials at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Florida, alleged that Rupprect used the organization as a front to sell drugs. An investigation ensued in May 2021 after a puppy died within days of being adopted from her organisation.

When investigators searched her Palm Coast home after obtaining a warrant, they discovered more than $20,000 in cash, more than 100 prescriptions and several dead and live animals in filthy conditions.

Police confiscated 46 animals from the property, and the conditions in which the animals were found led to another investigation into animal cruelty.

Ruprecht was subsequently arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges.

“This woman used innocent animals as a front for her drug business and didn’t care for them properly,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staley said. NEWSWEEK. “It also fed on the generosity of our community and the hearts of people who don’t know and adopt very sick animals.”

Updated 10/29/2021, 6:34 PM ET: This story has been updated with a statement from the El Paso Police Department.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *