A Houston County grand jury no-billed a Trinity County deputy constable on a possible misdemeanor animal cruelty charge in connection to an allegation that he left his dog in a hot car at a pizzeria in Lovelady in the summer of 2014.
Houston County Attorney Daphne Sessions said Wednesday that the grand jury no-billed Mark Mann, a Trinity County deputy constable, last month. A no-bill ruling means that the grand jury felt there wasn't enough evidence to merit a criminal charge.
According to a previous East Texas News story, a customer at the pizzeria in Lovelady noticed that a K-9 was sitting inside of a marked constable car without any AC or any windows rolled down.
"If you leave an animal, a child, anything in that vehicle and the motors not running, you and I both know how hot it gets in the vehicle," said Houston County Chief Deputy, G.P. Shearer.
The customer decided to file a complaint against Mann.
She not only filed charges against Mann, but shared her concerns with social media and posted a picture of Mann's car outside of the Pizzeria.
Within 24 hours the picture received more than 70 comments and was shared more than 300 times.
Many of the commenters voiced their concern with the incident because of the fact that Mann is a law enforcement personnel.