Charges against former shelter director dropped

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The state has dropped animal cruelty charges against the former director of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

After a much-publicized raid by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office in 2009, then-director Ernest Alexander and a top assistant were indicted.

The Commercial Appeal reported the charges against Alexander and Tina Quattlebam were withdrawn by prosecutor Chris West. He said the state couldn't prove the charges had the case gone to trial.

Defense lawyer Herschel Rosenberg said those responsible for starving animals at the shelter sat on the City Council and kept cutting the shelter budget. He said the state had no case.

A case against former shelter veterinarian Dr. Angela Middleton went to trial in October and she was acquitted of charges.

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