Justice for Carl: Laurel woman charged in rooster’s death

Police have charged a woman allegedly involved in the death of Carl 2.0, the beloved rooster mascot of Ocean Springs.

Kendra Schaffer, 35, a corrections officer at the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and has a court date set for next week, said JCSD Investigator J.D. Carter. Shaffer’s initial court date is scheduled for May 4, 2022 at the Ocean Springs Municipal Court.

She was hired in December of 2020. The Laurel Leader-Call reports that Schaffer was fired after being interviewed today by Ocean Springs and Jones County law enforcement.

The JCSD and Ocean Springs Police Department used security footage to identify a woman seen carrying Carl away from his roosting spot at Twisted Anchor Tattoo Shop in Ocean Springs at around 3 a.m. Sunday. In the footage, she’s accompanied by several unidentified men.

Carl 2.0 was hailed as the unofficial town mascot — photos and videos of the mild-mannered rooster were widely shared on social media daily. His disappearance and subsequent death sparked an online firestorm calling for justice.

It isn’t yet known if more charges will be added.

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