- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - A Summit County animal control and shelter director has been cleared of allegations that she failed to investigate cases of animal abuse after officials ruled disputes over handling cases involved policy differences and were not a neglect of duty.

Lesley Hall, the director of the county Animal Control and Shelter, said a number of cases involved animals that were sick, including animals that had cancer, and that their owners gave them the best care they could provide.

Summit County Animal Control supervisor Ian Andrews said, however, that some of the animals suffered inhumane treatment and their owners should have been prosecuted.

Andrews said one dog was dropped off at the county animal shelter in Frisco that was emaciated and later died. A hold order was put on the dog’s body so the death could be investigated, but the dog was cremated anyway.

“She ordered me not to investigate what looks like a crime,” he said. “My job description says I oversee and manage cruelty case files, and yet I wasn’t being allowed to do that.”

Andrews resigned in October after telling his superiors that Hall repeatedly told him not to pursue investigations, the Summit Daily reported (https://tinyurl.com/ocwch7u).

Undersheriff Derek Woodman said investigators determined it was a policy dispute and Andrews’ claims were unfounded.

Some policies will be changed, including keeping better records, and animal control officers will get better training, Woodman said.

Owners legally can choose to spend thousands on treatments for their pets or a small fee for euthanasia, but there is no state law that says an owner has to put a pet down, he said.

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Information from: Summit Daily News, https://www.summitdaily.com/


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