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Animal shelter cleared of wrongdoing
Lapeer County investigations reveal no "illegal activity"
by Maria Brownwrite the author
August 29, 2013
LAPEER COUNTY — Last month a group of animal advocates accused staff at the Lapeer County Animal Shelter of wrongdoing after several animals, in their opinion, were unnecessarily euthanized.
On Thursday, county administration said multiple investigations found no evidence of any illegal activity as it relates to the shelter's euthanasia policies, general facility operations and interactions with advocacy groups, among others.
"These investigations found no merit to any claims of illegal activity by either the Chief Animal Control officer or the staff of the Lapeer County Animal Control Division," Administrator John Biscoe wrote.
The statement was read aloud by Board of Commission Chairman Gary Roy at the board's Committee of the Whole meeting.
After these accusations were made in July, the county intiated three separate reviews—an independent investigation by a law firm, an administrative inquiry and an investigation conducted by the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department.
Citizens also made complaints about Chief Animal Control Officer Carla Frantz's alleged private kennel operations and breeder activities.
"It is our recommendation not to discipline for the off-duty legal conduct of any employee," Biscoe wrote.
Despite the conclusion of this investigation, it doesn't appear county officials are done discussing animal control issues.
Biscoe stated that the recent inquiries brought to light several areas in need of "immediate attention."
He is recommending that a committe consisting of himself, County Health Director Stephanie Simmons and three county commissioners conduct a thorough investigation of at least seven policies and procedures—a risk management review, volunteer programs, training for staff and volunteers, procedural changes, working with volunteer groups, working with local rescue shelters and capital improvement.
"While these investigations have proven to be useful in identifying areas that need improvement at Lapeer County Animal Control Division, it is evident to many observers that the extent and timing of the 'complaints' have been produced by groups from outside Lapeer County in an effort to accomplish their own objectives, which may or may not be consistent with law of Lapeer County policy," Biscoe concluded.
"Public health and safety will continue to be the principle objective of the Lapeer County Animal Control Division."
Click Here to read the entire statement from Lapeer County Administration.
Edited by Pam on Sep 1, 2013 11:31 AM