KOSCIUSKO — An executive session will be held following the regular Kosciusko County commissioners meeting Tuesday, July 9, to discuss a recent situation involving Kosciusko Animal Control Officer Jerry Clase.
Commissioner Brad Jackson announced plans Friday for the executive session.
An Etna Green resident, Sherry Koser, said Clase shot and killed her dog, Daisy, while Koser was at work.
Koser said Daisy had a tumor and that Dr. Tess Peavy, executive director of the nonprofit organization Public Vet, was in the process of helping Koser with funds to address Daisy’s condition.
According to Koser, she was at work Wednesday, June 19, when her landlord allowed Clase to take Daisy, a 14-year-old boxer, after a complaint alleging animal neglect. Koser then went to the shelter to look for Daisy but was unable to find her at the facility.
Koser said someone from AWL called Kosciusko Dispatch, and they contacted Clase, who reportedly admitted he had taken Daisy, shot her and disposed of the body.
“He told me it was the humane thing to do and that she was better off,” said Koser.
In 2010 the county received 16 complaints against Clase, according to other local news reports. After reviewing the complaints, commissioners found that none could be proven. At that time, commissioners told Clase that if there is ever a situation where abuse is substantiated, there could be termination involved.
The regular meeting begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The executive session is scheduled to follow immediately after the regular one ends. The executive session is not open to the public.