Former EMS employee convicted following dog mutilation

COLUMBUS – Former Polk County EMS employee Michael David Purdy was convicted this week of lying to police. Purdy was convicted of resisting public officer, which includes the act of lying to police, during Polk County District Court on Wednesday, July 12,2017

The case involved Purdy taking and mutilating a dog that had been hit and killed by a passing ambulance. Purdy was terminated from his county employment in January after he allegedly went back for a deceased dog and mutilated by skinning and beheading the dog. Because the dog was deceased, District Attorney Greg Newman said there is no law against what Purdy did to the dog.

Purdy was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was suspended to serve one year of unsupervised probation, 50 hours of community service and court costs. Judge Athena Brooks asked that Purdy complete his community service at the humane society.

A second charge of resisting public officer was dismissed.