Charges against Chain of Hope director dismissed

UPDATE, April 24, 2018: According to Benita Jones, the public information officer for the municipal court, the charges against Catherine "Kate" Quigley were dismissed. 


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man accused Chain of Hope, a nonprofit animal rescue group, of giving his dog food that made her sick.

Municipal court records show Catherine "Kate" Quigley, the director of Chain of Hope, was charged with injuring, trapping or poisoning an animal. Those charges were dismissed in April 2018. 

41 Action News spoke with Willie Crutchfield, who said the group gave food to Lucy, his 7-year-old lab mix. Crutchfield said his dog has severe food allergies and was sick for several days.

According to a complaint with the city, it happened in November 2017 at Crutchfield's house. He said Lucy was in the yard and volunteers dropped the food over the fence.

Chain of Hope Director Catherine "Kate" Quigley has not yet responded to our request for comment.

We learned this is not the first time Quigley has been in trouble with the city. Court documents show she was charged with two violations of the city's animal ordinance in 2011. 

Quigley and Crutchfield appeared in municipal court on Wednesday. The judge granted a continuance so Quigley can hire an attorney. She'll appear in court next on March 28. 

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