Barrow County’s newly appointed director of animal control has been under investigation this week over his online collection of photos reflecting a dark humor toward animals.

The Barrow County Board of Commissioners scheduled a called meeting for Wednesday afternoon to discuss the issue in a closed session.

Thirty-three-year-old Danyal Harper has worked for Barrow County Animal Control for nine years, most recently as senior animal control officer. In a unanimous vote, the BOC on March 25 appointed him director of the department.

But within days of the board’s vote, someone discovered Harper’s online collection on the “Photo Bucket” website.

The first item was a short clip from a You Tube music video about a board game called “Euthanasia!” that “makes you want to kill your pets.”

When a character on the video asks, “What am I going to do with all these kittens?” the other players respond, “Euthanasia!” And on the game board is a silver device called “The Pound” where the plastic kittens are dropped to their deaths.

Harper also posted an actual photo of a dog copulating with a duck; a photo of two gun-toting GI Joe dolls in camouflage standing on the carcass of a dead squirrel; two photos of “Free Cat” roadside signs posted next to dead cats; and a poster of a kitten that states: “KITTENS. You have to love them. God knows you've killed so many already.”

For the full story, see the April 2 issue of the Barrow Journal.

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