The younger son of Gov. Mike Huckabee and another teen were fired last
month from jobs at a Boy Scout camp after the killing of a stray dog.
Marcal Young of Texarkana, scout executive of the Caddo Area Council
that operates the camp where the dog was killed, said this week that
two boys violated a Scout law, “A Scout is kind.”
Young would not release the names of the boys nor explain how the dog, “probably a mixed breed,” was killed.
The two teens reported the event immediately and said they had made a mistake.
“They felt it [the dog] was ill and what have you, still our policy is it was inappropriate behavior,” Young said.
He would not say what the boys thought was wrong with the dog, but he said they did not suspect rabies.
Members of the camp staff receive training before camp starts and are told what it means to be “a good role model,” Young said.
An anonymous, unconfirmed report describing a particular process of
killing the dog and naming young Huckabee as a participant was sent by
fax machine this week by an organization against cruelty to animals to
the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. That report was described by Young and
the governor as inaccurate.
Both men declined to say how the dog had been killed or who did it.
The dog was killed July 11 at Camp Pioneer near Hatfield. Only
employees witnessed the incident. Not many of them were on hand, one
Young said he chose not to reveal the names of the employees because “I
just think that they’re due privacy. These are young people. They make
mistakes occasionally, but I’m not covering for them.”
Young said the council’s board gives him the authority to take care of
personnel decisions. He said the council believes it took appropriate
action and the matter is closed. He said he did not report it to law
A source who asked to remain unnamed said David Huckabee, who turned 18
on July 22 and was 17 at the time of the incident, was one of those
fired over it.
A reporter’s message left at the Governor’s Mansion for David Huckabee was not returned.
Danny Frady of Texarkana said his son, Clayton, 19, was the other staff member who was fired.
The elder Frady said his son told him he came upon one or more Scouts
who had the dog “hung over a limb and choking” so the younger Frady
helped “put it out of its misery.”
“I think the boy has paid his dues because he lost his job. He was one
of the better counselors. He’s made a mistake, and he’s paid for it,”
Danny Frady said. “I don’t think he did anything wrong to put an animal
out of its misery.”
Danny Frady said killing a stray dog that has become a nuisance is
common in rural areas. The mistake was doing it in front of other youth
staff members, Frady said.
Young said the fired employees might be required to undergo counseling
if they applied to be employees again. Danny Frady said he doesn’t
think his son needs counseling because “he’s not cruel to animals.”
Polk County Sheriff Mike Oglesby said neither he nor his deputies had
heard of the incident. A complaint should have been made, he said.
Prosecuting Attorney Tim Williamson of Mena said cruelty to animals is
a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $ 1,000 fine and up to a
year in jail. “We regularly charge cruelty to animals. That’s kind of
my pet peeve,” he said.
Oglesby and Williamson said they didn’t intend to investigate because no one had lodged a complaint.
Camp Pioneer in Polk County served 2,026 campers for week-long stints from May 31 through July 25.
The camp employed 65 staff members. Caddo Area Council includes eight Arkansas counties and two Texas counties.
NOTE: Even though it says no details as to “how” the dog was killed are
revealed, stories are surfacing that the dog was hung, then throat
slit, then stoned to death.
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