ACO Convicted on Animal Cruelty Charge

   Written by on March 2, 2017 at 11:48 am

ACO convicted onRaymond Merkh, who was charged with animal cruelty in 2016 while serving as the Nottoway County Animal Control Officer was found guilty and convicted on misdemeanor charges this week.

The charges reportedly stemmed from an incident where a cat was struck by a vehicle and was left untreated at the Nottoway County Animal Shelter. Merkh left the kitten untreated for five days after the animal had been hit by the car.

A shelter volunteer later offered to take the kitten to a vet and it was diagnosed with a badly infected leg wound, a fractured pelvis, and nerve damage. The kitten eventually had to be put down and after facing felony charges initially, Merkh was convicted of a misdemeanor and was fined $250.

The 55-year-old was  acquitted on additional animal cruelty charges involving abandoned puppies after two of them died, but it was determined that Merkh was not responsible for those deaths.

According to reports this is the first time a Virginia Animal Control Officer was convicted of not taking care of animals under the control of a shelter.

Merkh no longer works for Nottoway County.

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