Gallia Dog Warden Arrested

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Gallia County dog warden has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested.

The Gallia County Sheriff's Office responded to a call on April 13 saying that Timothy Atha was drunk and had a pistol.

According to the criminal complaint, Atha was investigating a canine complaint on Hannan Trace Road. The complaint states that while on his way to the complaint, Atha ran across another violation and got into an argument with the canine owner. The owner called 911.

Atha had a blood-alcohol level of .13 percent and admitted to deputies that he drank alcohol prior to to the incident.

Atha also admitted to possession a .243 Winchester rifle and a .40-caliber pistol.

He is charged with a misdemeanor count of possessing a weapon while intoxicated.

Atha posted bond and was arraigned. He will be back in court on April 25 to appoint an attorney and set a pretrial date.

According a local newspaper, Atha has been put on paid administrative leave.

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