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Three agencies to probe Cecil County SPCA

The Maryland State Police confirmed this week it will investigate allegations of misconduct and animal cruelty at the SPCA in Cecil County, where two other state agencies have also launched inquirires.

Both the Maryland attorney general’s office, which has assigned an attorney to look into the case, and the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, a division of the state Department of Agriculture, are also conducting investigations.

Nancy Schwerzler, president of the facility’s board of directors, said she welcomes independent investigations “so long as they’re fact-based and emotion-free,” the Baltimore Sun reported  Wednesday.  She said she has invited the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a national organization with no ties to Cecil County facility, to investigate as well. (The Cecil County SPCA also has no ties with the Maryland SPCA, based in Baltimore.)

Four former employees and four former volunteers of the Cecil County organization have submitted written accusations against the facility in Chesapeake City, ranging from animal cruelty and neglect to mismanagement.

The controversy surfaced when Del. Michael D. Smigiel, a Cecil County Republican, made public allegations he has received about the shelter — ranging from animal control officers killing dogs with handguns and throwing others alive into incinerators to the shelter’s executive director automatically euthanizeing dogs of certain breeds.

Smigiel has started a blog on his official Web site documenting allegations against the shelter.

Protesters plan to return to the area Saturday to hold silent demonstration at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Route 40 and Route 213.


Comment from luvadog
Time January 23, 2009 at 10:21 pm

If the president of the SPCA really “cared”, don’t you think she would have put a stop to this years ago? Why is the Direcot, Ms Deeming able to breed dogs and sell them? Isn’t our SPCA supposed to be for adoption? Hello???