Mark, once the allegations were presented, the recommendation was made (by the sheriff), to the Kosciusko County Commissioners, to utilize an outside/independent agency to investigate this matter. That is common practice, to show an unbiased/external review. We cannot comment on the status of the investigation, because we are not the agency conducting it.
There has been no stonewalling, or cover up, as you have insinuated; the matter has been taken very seriously, which is why the recommendation was made to the commissioners, to proceed. Animal Control Officer Clase, again, is not an employee of the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office. He answers to the Kosciusko County Commissioners, who are the contact point, in addition to the Kosciusko County Administrator, in this matter.
There are several law enforcement agencies, within the State of Indiana, with the jurisdiction to investigate criminal allegations. Please understand that if our office had additional information, it would be released.