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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Animal Shelter Chief Quits, Citing Clash With County

Animal Shelter Chief Quits, Citing Clash With County; Rescue Groups Fear Increase in Euthanasia
Post, 4 Jun 2009 (Castaneda).
Ten months after taking over the troubled Prince George's County animal shelter, a veterinarian who won praise for improving its operations has decided not to renew her contract.

Lizel Salmon, executive director of the nonprofit Animal Protective League, announced her decision to animal rescue volunteers and others in a written statement that cited conflicts with county officials over the facility's mission and concerns about inadequate funding for a facility scheduled to open next month. The announcement is sparking fears among animal welfare groups that the pace of animal euthanizations at the Forestville shelter will increase.

"The prospect of [the county] running the shelter is a disaster," said Denise Arnot, a volunteer with Fancy Cats Rescue Team. "They really don't care about the animals."

(Posted 4 Jun 2009)

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