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BREAKING: Humane Shelter Director arrested

Friday, July 2, 2010

Mike Sorrels
At about 12:30 p.m., today, the Clay County Sheriff's Department arrested Clay County Humane Shelter Director Mike Sorrels on numerous allegations.

The allegations stem from an incident on May 11, in which the lock on the outside pen at the shelter was allegedly broken, and 20 dogs were released. The majority of the dogs were later recovered.

Sorrels is currently being held at the Clay County Justice Center on a $7,000, no 10 percent, bond on the following charges:

* D felony obstruction of justice,

* D felony official misconduct,

* D felony theft,

* A misdemeanor false informing/reporting, and

* A misdemeanor deception.

Officials with the department confirmed the investigation in this matter is ongoing.

The Brazil Times will update this article as more information becomes available.

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What is up with that?

-- Posted by indianamama on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 2:02 PM

Another one bites the dust! Anyone need a job guess they're hiring again :)

-- Posted by Nikki_Matthews on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 2:07 PM

Why on earth would you do such a STUPID thing?

-- Posted by clgruener on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 2:08 PM

two of the dogs showed up at my parents house while they were on vacation and i remember calling it in, the times the dogs showed up and the times the story said the dogs went missing didnt match up and i remember thinking it was odd

-- Posted by Ninesy on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 2:24 PM

What a sad thing.... Why do people do such crazy things.

-- Posted by threeboys on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 2:27 PM

clgruener; Look at it this way. 20 dogs running so close to the city where the shelter does not pick up, They no longer have to feed 20 dogs, care for them or house them. The responsibility of the animals now running the city streets becomes the problem of Miss Owens who is contracted by the city. 20 less to house, 20 less to feed and 20 and they don't have to pick them up in the city? Why do you think he did such a STUPID thing? Looks to me like the shelter should be responsible for Miss Owens time of picking them up in the city!

On a side note, the last time i looked at a county map Brazil was part of Clay Clounty. The county used tax dollars from every tax payer in the county to fund the shelter. The people who live in Brazil has paid for the services of the shelter and are being denied the services they paid for. Wonder how this would turn out in court?

-- Posted by driverdude on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 2:32 PM

This is a part of an interview the Brazil Times did with him after the May 11th incident.. I guess anything really is a possibility! Wouldn't have guessed it to be him.

Sorrels said he didn't think it was prudent to respond to the rumors circulating about the possibility of a former disgruntled employee being involved.

"The Clay County Sheriff's Department are continuing to investigate the matter," Sorrels said. "It's always a possibility -- anything is a possibility -- but I just don't think I should comment about a criminal investigation."

-- Posted by Six Foot Town on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 2:56 PM

Any time you're dealing with government workers, logic and reason lose all place. He probably got drunk one night with a bunch of friends and uttered that most dangerous of all redneck phrases: "Huh, huh...watch this..."

-- Posted by LastSanePerson on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 3:28 PM

Who let the dogs out who who who

-- Posted by Jess822ica on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 4:58 PM

It was always said how do you lose 20 dogs and then find all of them a few days late sounds fishy to me and always did. Now we know he let them out and what did he steal.* D felony theft,

-- Posted by oknow on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 5:05 PM

I'm glad to see this guy in jail. This dude in rude to older people and dont find out all the facts and info before he runs his mouth to other poeple. I had a problem with thus guy when he tried to get a relative of mine in jail for trying to say she abused a dog just because she took it in there because that what my grandma wanted after she passed away. This guy and whoever else was apart of that are full of it. I hope since this guy is in jail that place and the employes there will get it together and quit all the Bull** that goes on there.

-- Posted by Farmer_7040 on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 6:22 PM

To Farmer_7040-there were witnesses to the incident of the woman bringing a dog in to the shelter. She said that her mother wrote in the will to euthanize the dog upon her death. The Clay County Humane Shelter is a NO KILL shelter, so first of all, why would someone bring in any animal to have it euthanized when it is a no kill shelter. Then, when she left, the dog followed her to the car, whereupon she hit the dog trying to make it stay outof her car. When she realized she was being watched, she then tried coaxing the dog into her car. Mike told her that she wasn't taking the dog anywhere because she abused it on the Humane Shelter premises and that the dog now belonged to the Humane Shelter. As far as trying to get her put in jail, all I can say is that is news to me...but if that is the case, anyone who abuses a sick, neglected animal deserves to be in jail.

-- Posted by Clay County Resident on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 8:13 PM

I was there when it happened. The shelter employees protected the dog after the people surrendering her abused her in front of witnesses. She is doing well & will be adopted by someone who cares.

-- Posted by Sugarbear on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 9:58 PM

OKNOW - The dogs were property of the Shelter. THAT IS THEFT!

-- Posted by Sugarbear on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 10:07 PM

This is a very sad thing for the shelter & the people who work so hard to help the animals! There are so many positive changes at CCHS. Just a shame that someone has to get negative publicity concerning it all. The misinformation is disturbing. Mike Sorrels was not the director or the manager at any time since being employed there. Someone needs to correct the data!

-- Posted by Sugarbear on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 10:15 PM

Is this all Brazil has to worry about. Big Deal!!

-- Posted by Thorn44 on Sat, Jul 3, 2010, at 6:22 AM

driverdude..."Look at it this way. 20 dogs running so close to the city where the shelter does not pick up, They no longer have to feed 20 dogs, care for them or house them. The responsibility of the animals now running the city streets becomes the problem of Miss Owens who is contracted by the city. 20 less to house, 20 less to feed and 20 and they don't have to pick them up in the city? Why do you think he did such a STUPID thing? Looks to me like the shelter should be responsible for Miss Owens time of picking them up in the city!"

I am wondering what part of the original article that stated the dogs were found in groups around Raccoon, Cory, Carbon, SR 42 and another place that I can't quite recall, did you miss? If that constitutes Brazil city limits then I better get a different county map!

As for MS. Owens...well I'd rather not comment!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Sat, Jul 3, 2010, at 11:27 AM

To Clay County Resident.. Im guessing you are one of those people that work there. But since your boss went to jail that place aint gonna change a bit after reading what you had to say. Because you employes cant even keep a story straight. I called up there that day and talked to that prick Mike. He told me a completly differnt story then what you are saying there. I mean if you guys are gonna run your mouths atleast keep the story the same. Mike told me over the phone he didnt even see it. Also it went from a dog barking to the dog running out to a car. "Wow" and the dog was a Dachshund for crying out loud. I mean really a little Dachshund running out to a car and hitting it so it wont jump in. Like I told Mike on the phone, him and every body that was apart of this is full of it. And i wanted to add is that if u wanna say anyone who does animal crulity should go to jail. I think everyone down there at the damn Human Socity should if your just gonna throw dogs in cages and make them suffer. So CLAY COUNTY RESIDENT id quit running your mouth while your ahead because your jus making an a** of yourself...

-- Posted by Farmer_7040 on Sat, Jul 3, 2010, at 3:12 PM

The Clay County Humane Society needs a BIG house cleaning. From the jailed manager to the part time help.

Last winter a friend of mine became the unwilling owner of a mother dog and a litter of pups that were dumped and wound up under his shed. He took them to the Humane Society and was told they would not take them. When he asked why he was told because they were full. He then asked if there was any other alternative to the humane society and was told to take them home and feed them. At that point the woman he was talking to walked away leaving him standing in at the counter with his daughter.

He wound up taking the dog famiily to the Putnam county Humane Society and after some amount of begging made a $20 donation and a bag of dog food and they took the dogs. He was told by the person at Greencastle that they occasionally see people from Caly County and they all have the same story.

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Sun, Jul 4, 2010, at 12:06 PM

First of all you don't put down a perfectly good dog because someone asks for it. There are alot of people who need put down.

Second, is it so hard to believe that the shelter is FULL. There are only so many pens there and when there is a dog in each one, what do you do? They keep a list of people who call and go down the list as a pen becomes available.

You people should really go down there and work and only then will you be able to complain about how it is ran.

-- Posted by Diesel on Sun, Jul 4, 2010, at 12:25 PM

I dont care what anyone says that place is ran like crap. Because of the fact of how the employes down there make up stories and try and get people in trouble. I mean dont that explain something when the damn manager is in jail for doing what he did, I mean really.. Also I bet if I headed down there to work some poeple would get a major a** chewing.

-- Posted by Farmer_7040 on Sun, Jul 4, 2010, at 5:28 PM

I do not work at the shelter, nor volunteer. However, I took a venture down there last week to look into adopting a cat and a kitten. While I was there, I asked to see the dogs in the back.

Now don't get me wrong...I do understand that there is going to be some sort of smell when dealing with any kind of animal but when I opened the door..I almost passed out from the odor. It didn't smell like a normal dog smell. It smelled like sickness, infection, and disease you could say.

I asked the worker (will not mention any names) why the smell was so horrible. The person told me "The he*l if I know...this is just a small paycheck for me". The person also informed me that they felt most of the animals there needed to be "put down" because they were a pain in the a$$.

I couldn't believe my ears. I felt so bad after that, that I wished right then and there that I had a zillion acres so I could take every animal there home. It saddend me very much.

I also usually don't judge a person just by their looks alone but about 4 of the people that I saw there that day looked like they had no business working around animals. I got to see some of the employees handling the animals (mostly kittens). At that point in time I went from being sad to pi$$ed off! I wanted to pick the woman up and do to her what she was doing to those kittens.

I know that it's not a jail, prison, government job, etc but I feel that a background check and contacting references would be a great idea. Because someone can say what they want...if 1/2 of the workers/volunteers down there were background checked, etc...they would not be even allowed on Humane Shelter property.

One last thing...the day I was there...the "director" who is now jailed was there...I inquired about an older cat...who was absolutely adorable and huge....I asked him how much to adopt since he was already neutured...he told me "Come down here and volunteer for a full week and the nasty little furball is yours...it will get him off of my list of THINGS to feed".

What a jerk!!!

I WILL be going down there to adopt a couple of kittens and an adult cat (and hopefully one day a couple of dogs)...it's because I love animals, want to give them a good home, and now I feel hugely sorry for them being around some of those employees!

-- Posted by JQuick on Tue, Jul 6, 2010, at 1:17 AM

JQUICK .. I wish I'd seen what you did. I'd have whipped out my phone and caught it on video or photo. If things happened the way you describe, they DO need to clean house!

We all work for a paycheck .. and believe me, I know a lot who just "show up" for work and get paid for nothing. But dang! At least show SOME compassion for these animals if you work around them. They aren't there because they WANT to be ..

GRR! Now I'm mad, too, JQuick.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Jul 6, 2010, at 11:49 AM

No kill shelter hummmmmm anytime that black smelling smoke is coming from the back something is dieing and from the other articles about this person they was shooting dogs down there at least 16 and this comes from someone that worked there and seen it and told the board and they did nothing about it or just did not believe them. I mean really you never put down healthy dogs no matter what you can refuse to.

-- Posted by oknow on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 12:00 AM

The shelter didn't even euthanize the dog that bit the volunteer. He was adopted to a trainer who specializes in aggressive dogs. In extreme cases...sickness or agression...an animal will be euthanized. The community yelled for the aggressive dog to be put down, and yet he lived.

Duhhhhh. The dogs were not found dead or shot. They were back at the shelter (alive) within a few days. WHERE did you get information that they were found shot/dead? You better read the whole article before you respond with an attitude. There must be more?????? Give me a break. And, why didn't you alert LAW ENFORCEMENT regarding your concerns? Mhhhh. You would rather stir than notify someone with the authority to intervene immediatley (if what you said was true??) If you were really that concerned, letting the board know and then dropping the issue is weak. If you were concerned, you would have moved on to the next level. I don't think your posting is very factual anyway, just because you wait until June to bring it up again. IF I saw Mike shooting dogs, I would do more than "notify the Board!!" What kind of publicity are you trying to get for the shelter? Negative?

-- Posted by abbccc on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 11:17 PM

If someone at the shelter was shooting dogs, wouldn't the surrounding residents here gun shots? Wouldn't they alert authorities. Only one person has mentioned this. The "16" she is refering to was not shootings...although she indicated that, the 16 dogs were back at the shelter alive and NOT dead.

-- Posted by abbccc on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 10:28 AM

Actually, I think she assumed the missing dogs (that were later found) were dead because she had witnessed a shooting at the shelter when she was working there.. It was reported to all the members of the board, the news. It's a moot point anyway, karma caught up with him.

-- Posted by kcingall on Fri, Jul 9, 2010, at 12:29 PM

An update about this guy, more info:


He's a piece of work.

-- Posted by kcingall on Fri, Jul 9, 2010, at 1:04 PM

And more..


-- Posted by kcingall on Fri, Jul 9, 2010, at 1:07 PM

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