Sergeant facing disciplinary action on handling of K9s

Sgt. Randy Batten and Chico posted May 1, 2014 (Williamson County Sheriff's Office Facebook Photo)
Sgt. Randy Batten and Chico posted May 1, 2014 (Williamson County Sheriff's Office Facebook Photo)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A Williamson County sergeant who lost one K9 and had another that was found with fleas, ticks, and sores is now no longer allowed to have police dogs in his care.

Williamson County Sheriff James Wilson will decide if any punishment will be levied against Sgt. Randy Batten after he attended a disciplinary hearing a few weeks ago. Batten was responsible for K9 Chico, who was found dead in March on the side of the road after escaping during a storm. The deputy told his supervisor Chico got out after he pushed open his kennel gate.

After Chico’s death, Batten was assigned another K9 named Drago. In July, while Batten was out of town a shift supervisor went to check on Drago. A deputy found the dog in poor condition and had to take him to the vet for immediate treatment.

The next day, a second dog owned by Batten, was found in similar condition and removed from his home to be taken to the veterinarian.

Drago is currently being cared for by another sheriff’s deputy handler until further notice.

The sheriff is expected to make his decision in the next week or two. Until then, Batten will still be on patrol, but is not allowed to have a K9.

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