Mayor's Father Admits To Whipping His Dog

By: Danielle Morgan
By: Danielle Morgan

A Prestonsburg man admits to hitting his dog in front of several people over the weekend.

The man says the attack was blown out of proportion, because his son is running for re-election as mayor of Prestonsburg.

"He kept getting loose and pulling his collar off, people kept calling to complain about him," Eugene Fannin said.

Fannin says he's been trying to train his dog to stay home and admits to using some physical discipline.

"I broke off a apple tree branch and whipped him in front of everyone, because I didn't want to make him feel like he was in trouble at home," Eugene Fannin said.

That's when witnesses living at Cliffside Apartments called police.

Chief Ormerod says some witnesses claimed Fannin used a metal pipe or a cow prodder. One claimed he broke the dog's legs and knocked him unconscious, but Mayor Fannin fays his father isn't physically capable of hurting this 80 pound pet.

"He just got out of the hospital for congestive heart failure and he's fighting cancer," Mayor Fannin said.

Kathy Mullins picked up teak for the animal shelter and says the dog ran right to her.

Mullins says any visible injuries have already disappeared and his legs are clearly not broken. Giving Eugene Fannin the idea someone, unknown, was out to hurt his son's re-election campaign.

"I would take a beating for my son," Eugene Fannin said.

Either way, Teak is healthy and is now getting a new home and a new owner.

Eugene Fannin was charged with cruelty to animals second degree, however, police say that may change under a new state statute for dogs.

Surprisingly enough, this story doesn't stop here, Chief Ormerod says supervising police officer, Mike Conn resigned after the incident.

A Prestonsburg City police supervisor resigns after 17 years with the agency.

Police say Mike Conn quit just hours after Mayor Jerry Fannin's father was charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly hitting his dog.

Eugene Fannin admitted to hitting his dog in an attempt to train him not to stray into other neighborhoods.

After more than a dozen witnesses complained to police, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Soon after, Conn left the department.

"The officer that resigned gave me no reason for his resignation. Just before he resigned we did have a discussion on procedural matters dealing with repair of equipment," Chief Ormerod said.

WYMT spoke to Conn's wife and she says he resigned because of a heated verbal disagreement between him and Chief Ormerod on how the dog incident was handled.


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