Officer loses job
Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008 11:26 am
The Messenger. 06.25.08 The Union City Police Department officer who is accused of picking up two dogs outside the city limits is losing his job. Darrell Baty, who was suspended with pay after the June 11 incident, will be terminated effective July 1, according to a report today on radio station WENK-1240 where Union City Mayor Terry Hailey is the general manager. Police Chief Joe Garner was not available to confirm the report with The Messenger this morning as he was in a meeting on the matter at press time. Baty reportedly picked up a mixed breed dog belonging to Wanda and Rodger Tanner and a little brown dog that had been dropped off at their home on that date. They were picked up at Formac Stables at 2039 Walker Tanner Road. Formac Stables, which is outside the city limits and therefore outside the jurisdiction of the leash law, is a horse barn owned by the Tanners and rented by Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jimmy McConnell. The dogs were euthanized at the Union City animal shelter less than 12 hours after being picked up. Tim Doyle, who ran the shelter through a contract with the city, has since asked to terminate the contract.