- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Boulder City police say they’re investigating the drugs used at the shelter and have formally filed for charges against the former animal control supervisor accused of improperly euthanizing more than 100 animals.

The Clark County District Attorney’s office said its screening team is reviewing the case submitted Thursday by the city before a decision is made to prosecute.

City officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Friday, but a letter to District Attorney Steve Wolfson dated Dec. 10 indicated that the city was also investigating the drugs used at the shelter. Police Chief Bill Conger wrote in the letter released this week by the city that the department was investigating “potential chain of custody issues associated with pharmaceuticals used.”

This comes months after the city initially investigated the case against Mary Jo Frazier, who had been accused of violating the city code in requiring animals to be held for at least five days and for a vet to see and refer them first for a mercy killing, according to city documents. She hasn’t returned calls or emails seeking comment from the Associated Press.

The Boulder City police officer who investigated in April had recommended criminal charges against Frazier, including felony animal torture or killing and misdemeanor unlawful animal poisoning.

But the mayor said the case was initially dropped because it would be hard to prosecute. Frazier had authority to put down animals without veterinarian oversight through the Nevada State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and the state’s Board of Pharmacy. She was also registered with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to administer the controlled substances used to euthanize animals at the city shelter.

So, in lieu of charges in April, the city said Frazier was relieved of her duties within hours of officials learning about the “inexcusable” and “grotesque” events. She was also forced to resign two days later, filing paperwork to retire after a nearly 20-year career with the shelter.

But two weeks ago, the case came under scrutiny with media reports and a protest against the city organized by the Nevada Political Action For Animals. The city then reversed course, announcing it would take action because of “public involvement” and would pursue the same charges previously recommended.

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