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Marshall County Police Investigate Threat Against Dogs

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The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office has failed to find any direct evidence of a threat of violence against stray animals following a viral social media post Wednesday night.

County Commissioner Misti Drew posted a warning of alleged activity on the Marshall County Animal Shelter’s Facebook page. She said she had received word from a concerned parent that several Marshall County High School students were planning to have a competition to see who could kill the most stray dogs.

Chief Deputy David Maddox said several students were interviewed at MCHS Thursday, but none had actually heard the threats directly.

“We’re continuing to investigate,” Maddox said. “It’s still an open case. We take something like that very seriously. Because of not only the threat to the animals, and being cruel to the animals, but it could potentially endanger people as well.”

Drew said she’s received negative feedback about alarming the public, but she felt pet owners needed to be warned as soon as possible. As of Thursday afternoon, the original Facebook post had been shared almost 2,000 times.

Marshall County Schools Superintendent Trent Lovett said he first learned about the threat when someone said it was on Facebook.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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