DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Denton animal services director was charged Friday with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from money coming into the city’s animal adoption center. Money visitors to the shelter expected to go back into shelter operations.
“It is just money,” said Crystal Walker who was visiting to adopt a new pet. “But it’s money to take care of them.”
Police documents claim 50 year old animal services director Woodie Wilson stole nearly $34,000 from the shelter. The money came from fees, registration and donations paid to the shelter daily and used for shelter operations. Investigators built a spread sheet they say shows 222 days Wilson was supposed to deposit cash in the bank but in reality he actually made just two cash deposits, depositing just checks and credit card purchases instead.
“Total lack of integrity,” Walker said shaking her head. “I don’t know how you’d sleep at night. I mean, it’s no different than taking food from your child or someone’s child.
“You’re taking something that can better their lives, even while they’re here? Yeah there’s something really wrong with a person like that,” Walker said.
Volunteers and workers at the shelter said they’re stunned by Wilson’s arrest and heartbroken that much money was taken from their efforts to help these animals.
“Of course, we are embarrassed by this,” said Denton Police Department spokesman Shane Kizer. “But, we also are pretty proud of the fact that we have a lot of citizens that donate their time and continue to work hard to take care of these animals and we’ll move forward in the future.”
Wilson was fired from his job when he turned himself in Friday morning. His lawyer did not return a call requesting a statement.
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