Former head of Boulder City Animal Control sentenced

LAS VEGAS - The former head of the Boulder City Animal Control shelter was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in Clark County Detention Center for animal cruelty.

Although prosecutors believed Mary Jo Frazier killed dozens of animals, she was offered a plea deal late last year and pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty. That one count surrounded the euthanasia of her own family dog.

a defense attorney for Frazier told the judge his client had been going through a stressful time in her life and moving out of state.

She didn't think her ex-husband could take care of the dog so she decided to put it down.

"I had no choice. I honestly didn't know what else to do. I didn't mean to cause any grief for anybody. I thought it would be easier to put him down than give him to a stranger. I didn't know there was anything wrong at that time after 20 years in the business," Frazier said.

Boulder City initially investigated the case in 2015, but charges were not pressed until the 8 News NOW I-Team made the investigation public and animal advocates demanded she be held accountable.

Co-workers said Frazier was euthanizing animals without waiting the required time period. Metro compiled at least 91 instances of unusual animal deaths at the shelter.

Bill Conger, the former Boulder City Police chief who did not bring charges against Frazier initially, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to perform a duty and was given a $1,000 fine.

Frazier was also sentenced to four years probation.


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