- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania district attorney is seeking reforms in animal cruelty enforcement after he says the county animal cruelty officer mishandled a case involving a severely malnourished puppy.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Thursday he has filed a petition to suspend the officer’s appointment.

He says Susan Martin enforced animal cruelty laws in a “substandard” fashion, particularly when she chose not to prosecute the breeder of a Boston terrier, Libre. The puppy was found with severe mange in July at a southern Lancaster County farm.

State police have charged the breeder.

Hundreds of protesters have also called for Martin’s resignation as executive director of Lancaster County SPCA.

The district attorney’s office will handle animal cruelty enforcement, instead of SPCA personnel, for the time being.

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