A woman who alleged Kosciusko County Animal Control Officer Jerry Clase illegally stole and shot her dog is now facing animal cruelty charges.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Sherry L. Koser, 115 N. Walnut St., Etna Green. She faces a single count of cruelty to an animal, a class A misdemeanor, Kosciusko County Prosecutor Dan Hampton said Friday.

The charge was filed and warrant issued Friday under Indiana Code 35-46-3-7:

Abandonment or neglect of vertebrate animals; a person who:

(1) has a vertebrate animal in the person's custody; and

(2) recklessly, knowingly or intentionally abandons or neglects the animal.

According to a June 30 story in the Times-Union, Koser told county officials said she came home from work on June 19 and couldn't find her dog. The dog, a 14-year-old boxer mix named Daisy Mae who was tied up in the garage, was gone, she said, so she called her landlord, Sherri Shafer.

"She told me animal control came and took my dog because it was suffering," Koser said. Koser said she called the Animal Welfare League. The shelter didn't have Daisy Mae, but they did contact Kosciusko County Animal Control Officer Jerry Clase.

According to Koser, they handed the phone to her and, "Jerry told me that he shot my dog because that was the best thing for her. Then he started telling me how he had to shoot his animals before and that's just how it goes."

The case prompted protests at county commissioner’s meetings and an eventual change in the county’s animal control policies.

Koser’s landlord gave authorization for Clase to enter the property and take the dog and a state police investigation found that Clase had broken no laws.

The commissioners suspended Clase for five days without pay.

As part of the warrant for Koser’s arrest, a partially redacted police report was released Friday.

The report, by Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office deputy James Smith, states Shafer contacted him on June 17 and asked if the sheriff’s office could do anything about someone “putting a dying dog on a porch. Ms. Shafer advised the dog had a bleeding tumor and that it had puss coming from it. Ms. Shafer advised me the dog was located at one of her rental properties in Etna Green.”

Shafer sent Smith a photo of the dog which appeared to have a ruptured tumor in its stomach area, Smith’s report says.

Smith’s report also details a second report taken by deputy Chris Rager. A tenant reported his neighbor had a dog that “was aggressive and had a foul odor coming from it.”

Rager investigated and found a couch on a front porch of the residence with “hundreds of flies,” “fresh-leaked blood” and an odor so strong he had to exit the porch to “avoid becoming sick.”

Rager located the dog in a garage and closed the door to keep the dog from the public.

Another tenant complained about the dog, saying, “It’s stinking up the whole porch, it smells like death and there’s blood everywhere.”

Smith’s report says he instructed Shafer to contact Clase.

Clase determined that the dog should be euthanized.