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Lifeline employee arrested for animal cruelty at DeKalb County shelter

animal servicesThe DeKalb County Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Unit has arrested a LifeLine employee for allegedly beating a dog.

LifeLine is the vendor contracted to manage DeKalb County’s Animal Services.  Calvin Battle, 26, was arrested Aug. 7 and charged with one count of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

The charges were filed after a sergeant in the Animal Cruelty Unit observed Battle, on video, inside the DeKalb County Shelter on the morning of August 7, repeatedly beat a dog with a metal bowl.

Battle was also caught kicking a dog inside the kennel.  A criminal investigation was launched immediately after the activity was observed.

The dog involved in the incident and two additional animals housed in the kennel were taken to a veterinarian for evaluation.

The investigation continues to determine if Battle was involved in any additional incidents.

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  1. Msg to Lifeline! says:

    I am relieved that this employee has been charged, but more than 24 hrs later, I still have seen to mention of the OTHER employee – the one who stood right there, watching what Battle was doing, like it was not out of the ordinary, and he did nothing to stop him. He should be fired as well.

  2. Dianne Carter says:

    This article is different from the one in the printed edition of the Champion Newspaper. Why isn’t THAT article online?

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