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5/2/05-Smith County

Animal Control Officer Fired, Following Cruelty Accusations

A Tyler animal control officer is fired, after a Smith County constable finds signs of animal cruelty at his own home.

On Tuesday, the constable removed six pit bulls chained in Cesar Alvarez's backyard. The constable said they were underweight and without food and water.

Constable Frank Creath fined Alvarez for not having proof of rabies vaccines. Alvarez denied he did anything wrong. His supervisor disagreed.

"An investigation was done of the incident, review was made, and the decision was made to terminate his employment with the Health District," Gary Chambers, of Tyler Animal Control, said. "Tyler Animal Control officers are held to at least the same standard as citizens are, in terms of being in compliance with the law, and actually, have to be held to a higher standard."

Constable Creath says no criminal charges will be filed.

On Friday, the national animal rights group PETA sent a letter to Chambers, asking for his termination.

Julie Tam, reporting.


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