MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A former worker at the Memphis Animal Shelter, who many see as the poster child for all that's been wrong there, was in a Shelby County court room Monday, November 21. 2011. Demetria Hogan had a few of her charges reduced, but she's not out of trouble just yet.
“It's important to set an example with every case and this case especially, because it's a former worker of the shelter,” Cindy Marx-Sanders told abc24.com.
For Marx-Sanders, Demetria Hogan can serve as the face of countless troubles at the Memphis Animal Shelter. Marx-Sanders is the co-founder of Community Action for Animals. You can find the group at every animal cruelty case in Shelby County.
They were right there as Hogan stood before a judge facing serious charges. Two charges were dropped, but the one that wasn't may quite well be the most infamous in the shelter's history.
It involves a dog named Kapone. Hogan picked the animal up, but it never made it to the shelter and hasn't been seen since.
“Under the law if she has care of the dog and unreasonably fails to provide care for this dog, that’s where the animal cruelty charge comes from and that’s what our theory was missing, the dog can't be cared for,” said prosecutor Bryan Davis.
For her part, Hogan didn't speak after her appearance, however her lawyer was pleased with the latest developments in the case.
“It was what I expected. We had to go and be prepared to answer questions. I did my client a justice today and I look forward to working in the future on this case,” Erika Eubanks told abc24.com.
Marx-Sanders and her group told abc24.com they want to see justice for Kapone in the form of a conviction.