Investigations by a state’s attorney and the Maryland State Police into allegations against the Cecil County SPCA have concluded there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing and that fired employees lied about their accusations, the SPCA is reporting on its website.
The allegations were brought to light by Del. Michael Smigiel, who published them on the Internet and still maintains on his blog that the they have not been fully investigated.
Caroline County State’s Attorney Jonathan G. Newell reported on his review of a detailed State Police investigation and report in a June 1, 2009 letter sent to Cecil County State’s Attorney Christopher Eastridge, who had asked for an independent review outside Cecil County.
“Despite a very thorough investigation … in my opinion none of the allegations of criminal animal cruelty on the part of current or past employees of the CCSPCA are credible enough to be prosecuted,” Newell said. The State Police investigation began in January, 2009.
The State Police report concluded there was no credible evidence against the Cecil County SPCA. Read more »
Posted by jwoestendiek June 12th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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“Highway,” at last, has a smooth road ahead.
The stray who survived for more than a year surrounded by converging freeways east of downtown Fort Worth now belongs to a former employee of the Humane Society of North Texas who helped rescue her 18 months ago. He adopted her last week.
“She’s jumping around, wagging her tail, happy,” Blake Travis, 25, of Watauga. told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which wrote about the dog, a reddish shepherd mix, two years ago — back when she was still a road dog.
During 2007, the dog was often spotted near the busy interchange at Interstate 35W, U.S. 287 and Spur 280. She slept beneath an overpass, crossed busy on-ramps and ambled alongside streams of speeding traffic.
Highway’s nickname came from a motorist, Lori Adams of Arlington, who began stopping on her way to work to leave food and water for the dog. Another motorist contacted the Humane Society and asked it to capture the mutt before she was injured or killed.
Travis, a veterinary technician, and another Humane Society employee trapped the dog Nov. 28, 2007, and placed her with more than 400 other animals in the society’s facility. She was basically feral,” Travis said. “She hadn’t had any human contact and didn’t want any.”
For a long time, the dog cowered in the back of her cage, but eventually she began socializing with other dogs and bonding with Travis.
Travis made that bond official last week, adopting Highway and taking her home.
(Photo: From the Star-Telegam by D.J. PETERS)
Posted by jwoestendiek May 28th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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