2 Indy public safety workers cited for improper care, treatment of animals

Officials: Woman brought ill cats to IACC

INDIANAPOLIS - Two Indianapolis Department of Public Safety employees, one of them an Animal Care and Control worker, were cited by Animal Care and Control for improper care and treatment of animals.

Emily and Matthew Alex Chabra, husband and wife, were each ticketed for 23 counts of care and treatment violations, 23 counts of rabies vaccines, 20 counts of rabies tags and 23 counts for lack of permanent identification.

The Humane Society of Indianapolis contacted Animal Care and Control on March 13 regarding two cats that were in poor health.

The cats had been turned over to them by IACC employee Emily Chabra earlier that day, and she had stated that she was closing her rescue operation.  

Chabra operated a pet rescue using the name "A Sheppard’s Watch" out of her home over the past four to five years, IACC Chief Daniel Shackle said.

Because of the poor health of the surrendered cats, IACC obtained a search warrant for the Chabra residence and ultimately removed 23 animals from the home on March 15.
 
All but three of the animals had been rescued from IACC between 2009 and December 2012.

Several of the animals had to be euthanized for humane reasons, Shackle said, and the other animals were taken by rescues.

Emily Chabra resigned from her position with IACC on Thursday.

"Immediately after we were contacted by the Humane Society, we initiated an investigation," Shackle said. "Upon discovering the conditions of the rescue operation in their house, we removed the animals. Also, due to the nature of the allegations, Chabra would be ineligible to continue employment with the IACC division."

Her husband, an employee of the Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security, was placed on unpaid leave pending termination. 

Chabra had been with IACC since 2008 and was a senior kennel technician.

The Chabras are expected in Civil Court 14 on May 13 at 9 a.m. They also face criminal charges pending the outcome of an investigation.

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