Former dog catcher gets fine and community service - - Jackson, MS

Former dog catcher gets fine and community service

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CANTON, MS (WLBT) - Alonzo Esco was sentenced in Madison County Justice Court this afternoon. The former Canton dog catcher was facing 9 counts of animal cruelty charges.

Esco was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and must pay a fine of $1,320.00. His 120 day prison sentence was suspended.

Esco had pled guilty to one count of illegally killing an animal, and one count of illegally dumping.

Esco provided prosecutors with a written statement implicating former Canton police Chief Robert Winn and Bracey Coleman. Esco says he was ordered by them to kill the dogs, and was provided a .22 caliber gun and bullets.

In an interview with Robert Winn Wednesday afternoon he said, "Alonzo was never given instruction to destroy a dog without lawful reason."

Bracey Coleman also confirmed he never instructed Esco to kill dogs during a phone interview.

Esco claims he requested training on euthanizing dogs from the city, but they never provided it.

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