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Jul 13, 2011 4:57 AM

Ohio County Sheriff's Deputy Fired After Dog Buried Incident

An Ohio County deputy sheriff is looking for a new job after he was fired following the uproar caused when he apparently buried a dog alive.

The sheriff says he has fired a deputy of five years, Randy Taylor. The investigation started a couple of weeks ago when highway workers found an injured dog after it was hit by a car on KY 62 near the Beaver Dam. An official with the group called "The Friends of the Ohio County Animal Shelter" alleges deputy Taylor tried to kill the dog with a garden tool, then buried it on the side of the road.

Three days later, the dog was found wandering near the road. It is currently being treated by a vet. After a two-week internal investigation, Taylor was fired. The criminal investigation is now being reviewed by the county attorney's office. They will determine if Taylor will face any criminal charges.

The sheriff says he's getting phone calls from people across the nation and even in Canada from people upset about what happened to the dog.

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