Texas Animal Control Officer Arrested For Neutering Cats

Barbara Schwarz
August 23, 2019 - 6:22 am
Jeanna Hooker

Credit: Harris County Sheriff's Office

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A now fired animal control officer in Southeast Texas is in trouble with the law for overstepping the boundaries of her job duties, and that may be putting it lightly.   

Deer Park police says someone Jeanna Hooker knew brought two cats to the Deer Park Animal Shelter.

Lt. Chris Brown says Hooker claimed she was going to get ownership of the cats.  The person who brought them in thought they would get them back.  The long and short of it is that Hooker then took it upon herself to neuter the two tabbys herself.  Brown says "she's had no training, she wasn't under a vet's supervision.  And we've never performed these procedures there at the shelter.  She said she knew how to do it, so she just did it."

In case you were wondering, Hooker did use a sedative prior to the surgery. 

A shelter employee caught Hooker in the act and called her supervisor.   The cats were taken to the vet and have since recovered.  They remain at the shelter.  Hooker, who worked at the shelter for ten years, has been fired.

The 56-year-old is charged with two counts of practicing veterinary medicine without a license, a class A misdemeanor.