Dog Abuse

Animal Control Officer Charged With Torturing, Killing Dog

Ashley Chastain. Image via Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Ashley Chastain. Image via Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Former Indianapolis Animal Care and Control officer, Ashley Chastain, was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty after police were alerted that she was operating an illegal ear-cropping operation out of her home.

A probable cause affidavit alleges that Chastain unlawfully cut the ears off of multiple dogs, sometimes shooting them with Ketamine, a tranquilizer that immobilizes the puppy, but does nothing to mask pain or treat the wound. Ketamine is a controlled substance sometimes used by animal control officers to tranquilize a dog for capture.

She was in the process of cropping the ears of one puppy whose muzzle she’d taped closed when the dog vomited, aspirated, and died. Chastain buried the 2-month old puppy in her backyard.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detectives began investigating when Chastain’s ex-boyfriend¬†reported the ear cropping operation to authorities, the affidavit states.

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1 Comment

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  1. Lauren

    Feb 11, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Ketamine actually does have strong analgesic properties and is frequently used in human medical care for procedures. It’s enough that she had a dog die in her care and was cropping ears. You don’t have to sensationalize the story with false information.

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