City employee arrested for stealing $60,000 from ‘Friends of Tulare Animal Services’ non-profit, police say

Bonnie Suzanne Heasley, 57

TULARE, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The 57-year-old manager of Tulare Animal Services was arrested Wednesday after detectives found evidence to support allegations she had embezzled over $60,000 from non-profit Friends of Tulare Animal Services, according to the Tulare Police Department.

Bonnie Heasley, 57, was originally placed on administrative leave last month pending an investigation into the possible embezzlement, officers say.

Detectives with the Tulare Police Department report that a search warrant was served Wednesday, at around 7:00 a.m., in the 2300 block of Azalea.

Heasley was contacted, arrested, and transported to the Tulare Police Department, and later transported to Tulare County Jail where she was booked on embezzlement charges.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Mike Melikian at (559) 685-2300, ext. 2155.

In a statement posted to its Facebook page, Friends of Tulare Animal Services said it is fully cooperating with Tulare Police Department’s investigation.

These were the actions of one individual. We still have a team fully committed to helping the shelter animals at Tulare Animal Services. We hope to continue our life-saving efforts with the full support of the community. Tulare Animal Services is STILL a NO KILL shelter. Limited funds did not prevent our team from transferring every healthy, adoptable pet out of the shelter to a rescue organization or adopted into a new home.

Friends of Tulare Animal Services

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