UPDATED July 16, 2010 @ 10:15 a.m.
Dispatch Logs Made Available Via Open Records Request:
“There is a call to dispatch from the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office saying the dogs are in county. There is another dispatch log where Midlothian Police Dept. called to verify the 850 address and it was confirmed to be county. Another log shows Alan [Romero] calling into address 850 S. Walnut Grove to dispatch.”
The track numbers from the audio that the city of Midlothian provided via an open records request are as follows:
(Note: The Ellis County Observer has not broadcast the call logs as of yet)
Remember the police officer’s dog that was euthanized by Midlothian Animal Control last year? Well, it was alleged that now-former city employee Kelli Jackson euthanized the dog. That has since been proven untrue, and at 5 p.m. today, I’ll have the proof in my hands that shows Midlothian Animal Control Officer Alan Romero was the one who had this police officer’s dog euthanized.
As a matter of fact, Kelli Jackson has been in contact with The Ellis County Observer for several weeks now, and it looks like Midlothian will once again be embroiled in a scandal.
Do these little puppies look “wild” to you? Do they look vicious? Do they look like dogs that need to be euthanized right away? Well, they were…
Jackson was fired because she kept asking questions and kept rocking the boat of her boss, Don Cole, at the Midlothian Police Department. Her Animal Control Officer sidekick, Romero, was not certified to even be an animal control officer when he euthanized dogs and cats…
These are the dogs that a non-existent “Dick Buckley” called to report that he wanted taken away. However, city documents (call logs, dispatch reports) show that 1002 S. Walnut Grove Rd. is where these dogs were picked up from. That address happens to be the daughter of Sheriff Johnny Brown, who is married to Donna Brown, the city of Midlothian’s code enforcement officer. 1002 S. Walnut Grove Rd. does not exists inside the city limits (or didn’t when the print-out of appraisal records was done.)
Where does Sheriff Johnny Brown and his wife, Donna, the Midlothian code enforcement officer, fit into all of this?
These are the documents (copies) that Kelli Jackson, fired from the city of Midlothian, could not get a lawyer to use for a lawsuit against the city for firing her. So, she went to the Court of Public Opinion instead. The photo to the lower right-corner is actually dog feces scattered on the Midlothian Animal Shelter’s “animal control facility.” They have since been covered up after a state health agency called to warn them about the violations of state law (see red text violations below.)
Glad you asked.
Johnny Brown’s daughter, Gina LaRue, lives on South Walnut Grove Road. There were eight dogs, puppies and the mom dog included, that needed to be disposed of. Gina didn’t want the dogs. But, the SPCA contract with Ellis County Sheriff’s Office (the one that Brown is the sheriff of) requires that dogs over and above a certain set amount, say, 1,500 per year, are charged horrendously higher fees to accept, maintain, and keep. It just so happens that Gina LaRue had a convenient next door neighbor named “Dick Buckley” (no such person exists, and the only address is on a cable box on Walnut Grove), who is claimed in city documents as having called Oct. 2009 at 10:55 a.m. that he did not want any of these eight dogs that just happened to show up one day.
These are CD-ROMs showing Kelli Jackson’s photos that she took during her employment with Midlothian last year and this year. These CD-ROMs also contain the dispatch logs, call logs, cellphone records of Donna Brown, Adam Romero, MPD’s Don Cole and others that conflict with notarized documents Brown and Romero signed to the contrary.
If the right “personnel changes” are not to my (The Ellis County Observer) satisfaction by the end of next week, I will host an EllisCountyRadio.com show and start playing the call logs and cellphone conversations that are recorded…
Kelli Jackson keeps good records, too. Her open records requests that she sent to the City of Midlothian (full disclosure: I wrote some of them) and had gotten back in the form of documents included call logs, dispatch logs and cellphone records from city-issued cellphones that showed a) no such call at 10:55 a.m. and no such address as 850 S. Walnut Grove Road where the eight dogs were picked up by Adam Romero. The call logs did, however, show that 1002 S. Walnut Grove Road, where Johnny and Donna Brown’s daughter lives, was the address city animal control officer Romero picked up the dogs. That address is not in the city limits of Midlothian, according to MPD Chief Carl Smith. There’s an e-mail I obtained from Chief Smith stating as such.
Readers, sorry if you were in the middle of eating when you came to this photo, but this was the Midlothian Animal Control shelter/facility right on the sweet, fortified confines of the Public Works Building. It shows, obviously the date, of dog feces and other disgusting vermin on the floors. Some photos I have show actual dead dogs on the floor. One is hunched over a bowl of food. Only recently did the Midlothian Animal Control facility cover these feces-floors up — and that was after the state chimed in and complained.
Oh, Kelli Jackson says that Donna Brown, a week before this 1002 S. Walnut Grove dog pick-up incident occurred, asked her opinion on the county SPCA/ECSO policy that charges a horrendously high fee above and beyond the set limit of dogs (the SPCA collects $75,000 of Ellis County taxpayer money, too, by the way.)
Dead dogs lying on the floor of the Midlothian Animal Control facility last fall.
Strangely enough, the city of Midlothian and MPD adopted a policy last year after the cop’s dog was euthanized by Romero that required dogs to be euthanized no less than 72 hours. These eight dogs taht Romero picked up were killed in less than 24. Romero also apparently falsified a police report by stating that the Dick Buckley non-existent man at 850 S. Walnut Grove Road (that just so happens to be right next door to 1002) “surrendered” the eight “wild” dogs to Animal Control custody. There’s a Midlothian surrender policy too. Animal Control charges $20 a dog to pick up if they are given up to the city. No such fee was collected, and no record exists of it being collected.
Meanwhile, amid all of this interesting perception-is-reality-conflict-of-interest-withstanding, the state health department regional office says that Midlothian never got approval or sought approval for carrying on an animal control facility. To do so requires the approval of this state agency. Midlothian carried on this animal control facility without the approval, and were apparently, according to the state laws (Health Code) and Jackson, of breaking at least these laws:
- No logbook or written report or indication that vials of potent euthanasia drugs were used, despite the fact the Drug Enforcement Agency (that’s federal) mandates written logbooks of how much drug-use is administered;
- No rabies control program was in place;
- Unsealed floors in the city’s animal shelter (see photos) were allowed with dead, dying and healthy pets all mixed in together (see photos);
- No animal advisory committee/board/panel exists, and one is required and mandated by state law;
- Romero was not certified, according to the state agency, for over a year, when state law requires he had to be certified four months into his employment;
- Midlothian’s animal control facility operated as a quarantine facility, which is against state health laws;
- With no animal shelter that was approved or legal, state laws require cities to hold their dogs, cats, etc. in veternarian facilities. No such operation was ever conducted.
I have the name of the state-agency health department regional guy and his direct line if anyone doubts anything I or Kelli Jackson have reported…
Side Note: Jackson said that Romero’s estimated purchase of 10 vials of potent, DEA-regulated drugs was a case a month; street valued at maybe $1,000 a vial. There’s a “numbers” discrepancy (my phrase) between how many dogs were picked up (not many) per month with how many vials were purchased…meaning…so many drugs, so little animals, giving a surplus of drugs…there are reports that Red Oak’s animal control officer and/or facility could be or was in possession of surplus vials of drugs. That theory is being investigated and hunted down as we speak (meaning open records requests are going to be filed on Red Oak soon to see if in fact Romero’s friend over at the city of Red Oak has been purchasing the excess Midlothian shipment.)
Oh, I also have every document that Kelli Jackson made copies of for the city of Midlothain when they fired her —— convientiently, a few weeks after the May 8, 2010 city council election. Had this bomb dropped before the election, who knows, Ken Chambers might have been re-elected. (we’ll let bygones be bygones)
Kelli Jackson and her husband, Larry, with their documents and CD-ROMs of evidence containing call logs, dispatch logs, notarized statements from city officials and copies of state laws.
Midlothian Mirror & Editor Floyd Ingram Cover-Up
Since I know Don Cole loves me and this blog (sarcastic remark there), he can also explain how it was that a dog belonging to former Midlothian Mirror (official paper of the city) editor Floyd Ingram bit and caused bleeding to a woman but yet was not euthanized…it was, in fact, covered up. The incident occurred on North 9th Street, where Ingram used to live (he is now in West Texas managing some papers for towns he also covers up for.)
Such a dog incident would have been subject to immediate euthanization due to the biting of a citizen.
The documents, records and documents depicted here, or in the possession of myself and Kelli Jackson, are copies of documents and were obtained via open records requests and through official city activities. One must merely do an open records request to obtain everything you have seen here (or later, will hear live.)
Permission granted for distribution, publication, etc. for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
Joey G. Dauben/The Ellis County Observer
Kelli Jackson/former City of Midlothian, Texas animal control