Washington County police dog euthanized

Saturday, June 28, 2008 | 6:15 p.m. CDT; updated 6:59 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

POTOSI — Mosley the bloodhound, the dog whose care by an eastern Missouri sheriff’s department worker led to misdemeanor charges of animal abuse, has been euthanized.

The dog was put down on Wednesday. Sandi Singer-Adams of Midwest Bloodhound Rescue Inc. said Mosley had become increasingly aggressive. He was euthanized after biting the woman who adopted him.

Singer-Adams believes the alleged mistreatment led to hormonal changes that resulted in the dog’s bad behavior.

In May, Washington County jailer Lance Mason was charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal abuse. He was fired at that time.

The charges allege Mason failed to provide adequate food and water and failed to provide needed medication for the police dog.

The Washington County Sheriff’s department adopted Mosley in January 2007. Mason began caring for and training the dog in November.

Authorities say Mosley was found three months later, in February, in a tiny pen with no food, water or bedding. A veterinarian diagnosed the dog with frostbite, malnutrition, dehydration, ear and eye infections and other ailments.

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