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Animal control officer who sought investigation fired

Samantha Okalani, a Houston County animal control officer, said she was fired Wednesday after she sought a criminal investigation into acts of animal cruelty she said she witnessed at the Warner Robins Animal Control shelter.
Samantha Okalani, a Houston County animal control officer, said she was fired Wednesday after she sought a criminal investigation into acts of animal cruelty she said she witnessed at the Warner Robins Animal Control shelter. wcrenshaw@macon.com

A Houston County animal control officer whose complaint sparked a GBI investigation into the Warner Robins Animal Control shelter has been fired.

Samantha Okalani, who alleged she witnessed animal cruelty at the shelter, said she was fired Wednesday. Okalani said her attorney advised her not to comment on the firing at this time.

Barry Holland, Houston County’s administrator, said he could not comment because of the pending investigation.

On Friday, Okalani and her attorney, Tamara Feciliano, went to the sheriff’s office and filed a complaint that stated Okalani had witnessed multiple acts of animal cruelty by shelter staff from May 2, which is when she started on the job, until the time the report was filed.

The sheriff’s office then asked the GBI to investigate the allegations.

The shelter is operated by the Warner Robins Police Department. The county contracts with the city for the shelter to take animals picked up by county animal control.

Wayne Crenshaw: 478-256-9725, @WayneCrenshaw1

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