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Accused officer resigns

By Ed Brock

A Clayton County Animal Control officer charged with animal cruelty has resigned.

Allen Densley, 50, of Stockbridge, a 23-year veteran of Animal Control, put in his resignation around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said. The resignation came nearly five days after a member of the Clayton County Humane Society reported seeing Densley beating a dog at the pound.

Around 4:30 p.m. last Thursday Human Society Vice President Robin Rawls had gone to Animal Control to pick up some cats.

"I heard what I thought was a dog fight," Rawls said.

She went back to the kennel area and saw Densley standing in the door of a kennel beating the dog, a stray pit bull, with a metal "catch pole." A catch pole is a long metal rod with a lasso on one end that is used to capture and control dangerous animals.

When Rawls asked Densley what he was doing, he told her he was moving the dog and then walked away. The dog, known to Animal Control officers as "Bubba," suffered injuries to his head and face and was taken to Three Counties Animal Hospital in Riverdale for treatment.

Densley did not offer much of a defense to investigators, Turner said, but did declare his innocence. Densley did not return a call seeking comment on the case.

The animal cruelty charge against Densley still stands, Turner said.

Bubba is not considered to be a dangerous dog and Rawls said she did not see the dog come at Densley.

When asked for comment on Densley's resignation, Rawls said "I think that's a good thing."

Densley's now former boss, Animal Control Capt. Toni Tidwell, said previously that she was very disappointed and hurt by the incident but she hopes there is a silver lining. Bubba was scheduled to be killed last Friday, but the beating has delayed his execution and brought attention to his case.

"We've had some people just come in to check his condition," Tidwell said.

While nobody has offered to adopt Bubba yet, Tidwell says he has about a week before he is once again up for termination.

"Before he can be adopted there's going to be a background check," Tidwell said. "That's standard procedure with all the fighting breed dogs."

Bubba's new owner would also have to have him neutered before the adoption is completed. Call Animal Control at (770) 477-3509 for information on adopting Bubba or other animals at Animal Control.