Salt Lake City's former animal control director has been charged with felony misuse of public funds, officials said Friday.

Earl L. "Lou" Lynes allegedly stole $28,500 of Animal Control Division funds between January 1990 and March 1991, according to the complaint. Lynes is expected to be arraigned on the third-degree felony in 3rd District Court.Lynes, 49, was fired Monday after an audit uncovered discrepancies in the way cash receipts were handled. He admitted having violated the city's cash-management policies, city officials said.

According to the complaint, checks and cash from the division weren't given to the city's Finance Department as required by policy.

If convicted, Lynes could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and fined up to $5,000. Bail was set at $5,000.