Jackson Animal Control officer “drank a couple beers at work” while euthanizing dogs

Officer Perry has been under fire for refusing to seize vicious dogs that killed family pets and for defending animal control’s right to shoot and kill dogs if they can’t catch them

Jackson Animal Control officer “drank a couple beers at work” while euthanizing dogs
The report states “he drank ‘a couple beers’ at work while euthanizing dogs” before driving back home to Madison County intoxicated and crashing into a ditch. (Source: WLBT archives)

MADISON COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson Animal Control officer, who has been under fire in recent weeks for refusing to seize vicious dogs that have reportedly killed pets in Jackson, also reportedly drank beer while euthanizing animals shortly before getting a DUI in 2015.

Jackson Jambalaya obtained a copy of the police report from his 2015 arrest. The report states “he drank ‘a couple beers’ at work while euthanizing dogs” before driving back home to Madison County intoxicated and crashing into a ditch.

Paul Perry (Source: Madison Co. Detention Center)
Paul Perry (Source: Madison Co. Detention Center)

According to the report, Perry drove his vehicle over a road sign and into a ditch on January 4, 2015 on Yandell Road in Madison County and he reportedly walked away from the scene. A Madison County deputy went to Perry’s home, a short distance away. Perry’s wife called him once the police got there. He told her he was at the neighbor’s house next door and that someone stole his truck.

An excerpt from the report:

Mr. Perry had a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from his breath. His clothes were soiled with mud (there were several imprints in the mud at the location of the wreck), and his pants were unzipped. There was a large wet area on the front of Mr. Perry’s pants; he later stated the he “pissed” on himself. Mr. Perry stated that he worked for the Jackson Police Department as a Animal Control/Police Officer. He stated that he drank “a couple beers” at work while euthanizing dogs. He stated that he stopped at the Exxon station on Gluckstadt Road to get a 24 ounce beer and was robbed at gun point. Deputy Thompson questioned Mr. Perry as to why he did not go inside the gas station to call 911 after his truck was allegedly stolen. Mr. Perry’s response was that he was “Scared.” Also, Mr. Perry had a cell phone in his hands when Deputy Thompson first encountered him. Had Mr. Perry been carjacked at the Exxon and walked home, as he stated, he would have walked within 10 feet of the location where his truck was wrecked. Mr. Perry was asked to give a breath sample on a preliminary breath test and he submitted. The device indicated that his breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) was .19 . Mr. Perry appeared to get confused about his account of the preceding events during Deputy Thompson’s questioning. Due to the totality of the circumstances, Deputy Thompson believed that Mr. Perry had in fact wrecked his truck and walked home to avoid an encounter with the sheriff s department, because of his grossly inebriated state. Also, Mr. Perry still had his wallet and cell phone on his person. He was instructed to get into Deputy Thompson’s patrol car to ride back to location of the crash. The truck doors were locked and Mr. Perry did not have the keys on his person.

Perry failed the field sobriety test (obviously).

But that’s not all - deputies discovered a dead deer in the bed of Perry’s truck as it was being pulled from the ditch.

Deputy Moore noticed that there was a deer in the truck bed, because there was an opening in the bed cover of the truck. The bed of the truck was covered with blood that was in a liquid state. Also, there was steam coming from the deer as we raised it up and saw a bullet hole. There was a spent 30-06 cartridge lying in the bed of the truck.

Officers then noticed a spotlight lying on the front passenger side floorboard of the car. Perry stated that he had killed the deer in Clinton before he went to work that night. The game warden was contacted, who said he could run a temperature test on the deer, but would not likely get a confession.

Perry was held at the Madison County Jail on a $1550.00 bond.

Perry pleaded guilty in Madison County Justice Court to first-offense DUI and Destruction of County Property on November 8, 2016. He paid a $500 fine and court costs for each offense.

The Jackson Police Department took no disciplinary action against him.

Weeks ago, a family pet was attacked and killed by three dogs in a North Jackson neighborhood and the family says Perry failed his job by allowing dangerous dogs to continue to roam the streets. Another woman in Belhaven has also said Perry refused to seize a dog that killed her pet.

This isn’t the first time Perry has been the subject of outrage in the community. In 2014, Perry defended animal control’s right to shoot and kill dogs if they could not catch or trap them. Two homeowners witnessed an Animal Control officer shoot and kill their pets from inside an Animal Control vehicle.

Multiple attempts have been made to contact Paul Perry and Animal Control, but still no response has been given.

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