Cruelty agency won't handle abuse cases after puppy backlash

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 18, 2016 10:58 AM

Photo by Dililsburg Veterinary Center

The puppy Libre is shown in this picture posted July 19th

(Lancaster) -- A midstate animal cruelty agency will no longer enforce animal abuse cases.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman contendes the agency's head mishandled a case involving a severely malnourished Boston terrir puppy named Libre.

Susan Martin, the executive director of the Lancaster County SPCA says she agrees with the move.

She says it costs the agency too much money to prosecute abuse cases, because the victimized animals must be cared for and stored.

Stedman says Martin enforced animal cruelty laws in a "substandard" fashion, and erred by not prosecuting the breeder of the puppy Libre, who was rescued last month.

State police have since charged the breeder, after Martin said she didn't have enough evidence to do so.

Stedman is creating a new program to train humane society officers.

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