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Animal Control Update: No indictments from grand jury

Shannon Barlow Shannon Barlow
Mike McGee Mike McGee
Scott McDonald Scott McDonald
Amarillo, TX - The grand jury of the 251st Randall County District Court have decided to not indict anyone in their investigation into the Amarillo Animal Control euthanasia case. 

The investigation began on May 14th and focused on whether or not their was evidence of illegal practices including the way in which animals were euthanized at the shelter were taking place and if anyone was accountable in the event the law was broken.

While Randall County D.A. James Farren and his assistant D.A. Robert Love both said they were surprised by the decision they felt the grand jury did its job. 

Farren said they found there were technical violations of the law, yet they ultimately never had nine out of the 12 grand juror votes on any single violation - which is the number needed to indict. 

Farren says in his 20 years as D.A. this is the longest any grand jury has investigated and or deliberated on any case he has presented.

The City of Amarillo announced Tuesday that Shannon Barlow retired as Assistant Director of Animal Control.

Former Director of Animal Control Mike McGee retired on May 29th. 

From the City of Amarillo:

Grand Jury Reaches Decision

Amarillo, TX – The Randall County Grand Jury no billed two former employees of Amarillo Animal Control after the recent investigation regarding charges of improper euthanasia practices and accusations of animal cruelty.

The City of Amarillo would like to express its appreciation for the patience and cooperation shown by employees, investigators and citizens as the legal process ran its course.

Operations at Animal Control move forward under the guidance of interim director Scott McDonald, as the search for a permanent animal control director takes place. The City continues to look at areas for improvement at the animal shelter with the goal of increasing adoptions and making the shelter a sanitary, comfortable place for animals. Improvements include operational changes and improvements to facilities, animal intake and care procedures, and employee training practices.

An internal management review will be undertaken immediately to determine if here have been noncriminal violations of policies or procedures and to further assist in improving shelter operations.  This effort is in addition to the ongoing improvements identified above.   

For pet adoption information, visit the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society website at or call (806) 373-1716. The Amarillo Animal Control Shelter and the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society, located at 3501 S. Osage, are open from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. People searching for lost pets can do so any hour of day at

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