- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The former deputy director at the Genesee County animal shelter claims she was illegally dismissed after just one month for objecting to the care of cats and dogs.

Karen Dombrowski of St. Clair Shores filed a lawsuit Thursday. She says she was surprised by what she found: feral cats killed in a gas chamber, animals lacking minimal care at the shelter, a dog found alive in the cold morgue 24 hours after it was supposedly euthanized.

Dombrowski says she was fired by animal control director Paul Wallace after speaking to two Genesee County commissioners. She says her firing in February violated a Michigan law that protects whistleblowers.

County attorney Celeste Bell declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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