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 John Woestendiek June 12th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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