Gwinnett resident Lisa Musser had filed a lawsuit in an attempt to adopt Ricki, who had been deemed dangerous by shelter staff.
Harrell appealed his conviction to the Georgia Court of Appeals, arguing that he was following legal advice when the dog was killed. That appeals court returned Friday a judgment upholding the Gwinnett court’s original findings.
“The guy made a mistake, the issue was did he do it on purpose,” Musser’s attorney, Ed Furr, said Tuesday. “The Superior Court judge said ‘yes’ and the Court of Appeals said ‘amen.’
The reason behind Harrell’s resignation has remained unclear. Gwinnett spokesman Joe Sorenson said the county was “still in the hiring process” of finding a full-time replacement to run the animal shelter.
Before taking over the AJC's morning newsletter, Tyler Estep worked as a reporter covering DeKalb County, its government and its people. A Gwinnett County native and University of Georgia graduate, he has been with the AJC since 2015. He previously covered his home county and served stints on the paper's hyperlocal and breaking news teams.