Updated: Canton Selectmen Place Canton Animal Control Officer on Leave Following Drug Arrest in Stoughton

The Board of Selectmen placed Canton Animal Control Officer Paul Bastable on administrative leave Tuesday.

The Board of Selectmen placed Canton's Animal Control Officer on administrative leave Tuesday. The leave came after the Animal Control Officer was arrested on drug charghes in Stoughton Monday night while he was in a town-owned Animal Control van, according to town officials.

Bastable, 40, was arrested on Pearl Street in Stoughton at 7:12 p.m. on Monday, according to the Stoughton Police. 

The Canton resident was charged with possession of a Class B drug; possession to distribute a Class B drug; and conspiracy to violate drug law, according to police.

Stoughton Police also arrested Armando Cedeno at the scene. The 28-year-old Malden resident was charged with trafficking cocaine; distributing cocaine; possession to distribute a Class A drug; possession of a Class A drug; and conspiracy to violate drug law.

The placed Bastable on a 30-day, paid, administrative leave pending a town investigation. The BOS announced the leave at Tuesday night's selectmen meeting.

"The Town of Canton is responding quickly to the alleged incident occurring in Stoughton last evening involving the arrest of one of our staff members, while operating one of the town's two animal control vans," Board of Selectmen Chairman John Connolly stated.

There were no injuries or property damage related to the alleged incident, according to Connolly.

The town of Canton will conduct an administrative investigation, Connolly said Tuesday night.

"We will respond accordingly in terms of appropriate employee discipline" once the internal investigation is completed, the chairman said.

All the animals that are currently in the Canton Animal Shelter are being cared for by part-time employees and volunteers, Connolly said. Animal Control calls are also being handled by part-time employees.

Log on to Canton Patch Wednesday for more details on the arrest and the charges against Bastable.

catherine thompson August 15, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Always making excuses when the druggie comes from a nice neighborhood. i live in canton and im looking for a job.Oh! and i love animals. suspended with pay isnt punishment...it's a freaking vacation...smh.
Cathy Dalton August 16, 2011 at 03:08 PM
So, maybe the dog officer can be suspended without pay pending the investigation. If the determiniation is to re-instate him back to his job, then give him retro back pay for the time he was out on "vacation". He may be a nice guy to some, but if he was dealing, selling drugs, I can assume there are parents of some really nice kids they have lost because they died of drug overdose.
amanda blanca February 25, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Canton aniimal control are thieves they discriminate on pitt bulls and charge unnecessary fees they will be seeing the judge soon
amanda blanca February 25, 2013 at 01:27 PM
What does reject mean?
amanda blanca February 25, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Canton animal "officer" / drug addict wow explains why they want extra money and the female officer SB is just as bad tisk tisk


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