Image: Montgomery County Animal Shelter Director Aaron Johnson.
Conroe, August 22 – On Monday, August 20, 2018, the Montgomery County Animal Shelter’s Director Aaron Johnson and Assistant Director Mark Wysocki ordered the euthanasia of over seventy-seven (77) animals whom Montgomery County Animal Control had brought in from the property of an elderly lady who hadn’t taken good care of the dogs and cats and who signed a request to euthanize them. Please see “Breaking News! Montgomery County Animal Shelter Euthanizes 27 Dogs, 50+ Kittens, Cats Monday Without Veterinary Evaluation: Is It Mercy Or Lebensraum?” The Golden Hammer, August 21, 2018.
Johnson and Wysocki ordered the euthanasia without veterinary evaluations of any of the animals. The Golden Hammer has confirmed that the two veterinary technicians whom Johnson and Wysocki ordered to perform the killings directly disobeyed orders with respect to several of the animals, which were in good health, not feral, and not aggressive. Ultimately sixty-eight (68) animals lost their lives at the Animal Shelter rather than the full group of animals whom Johnson and Wysocki had sought to euthanize.
Jordan Gentry, D.V.M., the senior Veterinary Medicine Doctor at the Animal Shelter openly objected to the euthanasia, particularly without medical evaluations, and left the Shelter in protest during the day on Monday, according to several Shelter employees who confirmed the incident. On Tuesday, August 21, however, Dr. Gentry returned to work in order to perform the veterinary surgeries he regularly does as the Senior Veterinarian.
Gentry discovered something which greatly disturbed him, according to the many employees who witnessed the incident. Johnson or Wysocki or someone else under their direction had placed Gentry’s named as the evaluating veterinarian on sixty-eight (68) pages of euthanasia records entered into the “Chameleon” software system at the Shelter, according to several Montgomery County Animal Shelter employees who spoke with The Golden Hammer on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing their jobs.
Gentry confronted Wysocki early Tuesday morning and told Wysocki words to the effect that the veterinary records were false and demanded that Wysocki remove Gentry’s name from them. Later in the afternoon, Wysocki removed Gentry’s name and left blank the evaluating veterinarian shown for making the veterinary medical determination that euthanasia was the appropriate procedure for the sixty-eight (68) animals.
Under the Texas Penal Code, Section 37.10, a person commits a Class A misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year in jail, if he
- Knowingly makes a false entry in, or false alteration of, a governmental record;
- Makes, presents, or uses any record, document, or thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent that it be taken as a genuine governmental record; or
- Intentionally destroys, conceals, removes, or otherwise impairs the verity, legibility, or availability of a governmental record.
Dr. Gentry did not return calls asking for comment.
Montgomery County Animal Shelter Director Aaron Johnson did return this newspaper’s call inquiring about this situation. At first, Johnson said that “it didn’t happen” but then explained that he only was referring to his contention that he – Johnson – did not place Dr. Gentry’s name on the records. At that point in the interview, this newspaper asked Johnson whether someone else put Dr. Gentry’s name on the records to which the Director answered “maybe but it’s been removed.” The Publisher of this newspaper explained to Johnson that there are hard copies of the medical records from the Chameleon database with Dr. Gentry’s name on them. Johnson claimed that he doesn’t know who put Gentry’s name on the records as the evaluating veterinarian but that Dr. Gentry’s name is “no longer there.”