State Fire Marshal’s Office announces the arrest of two deputies on separate malfeasance charges

One charged with aggravated cruelty of an animal after malnourished K-9 died

Jim Hanzo
December 06, 2019 - 3:25 pm
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The State Fire Marshal’s Office announces the arrest of two of their deputies on malfeasance charges. An investigation began on one of the deputies after it was determined his K-9 died from a lack of food and water. Executive Director of the Louisiana Humane Society Jeff Dorson…

“I mean how much more suffering can you impose on a poor animal that is placed in your care than denying it food and water," Dorson said.  

Corporal Robert Fain from Bossier Parish faces several charges including a count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. Another corporal, Clay Barrett of Calcasieu Parish, has also been arrested on malfeasance as a result of a separate investigation.

A necropsy of Maily revealed neglectful malnourishment as the cause of death as opposed to a lengthy illness as claimed by Fain. Dorson says agency supervisors should conduct random inspections of their issued police dogs.

“Dogs actually live with the handler so they need to do on-spot inspections, evaluate how it’s going, look at the vet reports just make sure the animals are healthy," Dorson said. 

Fain is also facing additional charges for allegedly claiming fraudulent hours and expenses related to working with the dog. Investigators have also learned Fain took steps to cover up incomplete investigative work. Dorson says Fain should receive a stiff sentence.

“Minimum of one year to anywhere from $5,000-25,000 so let’s send a message that these types of crimes need to be treated harshly and with a high penalty,” Dorson added.

Barrett’s charges are the result of investigators finding out that he allegedly took steps to cover-up incomplete and -or incorrect investigative work in two of his fire cases.

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