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Officer accused in Adelanto kitten drownings resigns

May 7, 2008 | 11:42 am

Adelanto’s head animal control officer has resigned as he faces charges in the drowning of nearly 50 kittens, the Associated Press reported today.

Kevin Murphy, 36, was placed on paid leave in March after prosecutors accused him of drowning the kittens over a four-month period. He faces six counts of animal cruelty.

City Manager Jim Hart on Tuesday said Murphy’s resignation was effective May 1. Murphy couldn’t be reached for comment.

Adelanto is about 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

--Francisco Vara-Orta

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