Madison County Animal Shelter cleared of criminal allegations

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MADISON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An investigation led by the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Office of Veterinary Services has cleared the Madison County Animal Shelter of criminal allegations regarding its treatment of animals.

After an eight-week investigation into allegations of animal mistreatment at the Madison County Animal Shelter, VSP cited the shelter for "non-critical violations" related to record-keeping, separating sick animals from healthy animals and the storage of antibiotics.

The probe began after a former employee, Tina Auth, told CBS19 News this past August that she witnessed the mistreatment and the killing of some animals she said was healthy.

The report found no criminal activity by the management of the Madison County Shelter and the animal control office. A part of the report concluded that it is "substantially in compliance with Virginia law."

The report does recommend that the office implement "certain policy changes related to record-keeping."

In a statement to CBS19 News, Auth wrote, "I predicted there would be no charges and I am okay with that! I think everyone can clearly see that Greg Cave failed as the shelter manager for 11 years. The numbers alone tell that story. Since I spoke out the euthanasia numbers have decreased DRAMATICALLY. They only put ONE animal down the entire month of September. To me, that is a HUGE VICTORY!!!"

The report also indicates that the shelter will be working with additional local nonprofit and rescue operations to provide more resources for spaying and neutering cats.

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