CASPCA Concerns pushes Albemarle County to act
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors heard from both critics and supporters in connection with an ongoing controversy at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
Wednesday's meeting spurred reactions in the wake of the state releasing the results of its investigation over the weekend.
The CASPCA has been under fire since January after dozens of former and current volunteers and employees sent a letter to the shelter's Board of Directors, alleging a toxic work environment and animal mistreatment.
"We did have paperwork violations and we are working very hard to correct those," said CASPCA board member Kay Cross in front of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
“All of us from CASPCA Concerns love the SPCA and that's why we're doing this," said Sarah Lloyd with CASPCA Concerns.
Lloyd says the group is keeping the pressure on to make sure animals at the CASPCA are well cared for.
The group formed earlier this year, accusing the animal shelter and its CEO Angie Gunter of a toxic work environment and animal mistreatment. It says it documented proof of these allegations in these various photos and videos.
"Were we concerned about the conditions of the animals? Yes," said Lloyd.
Several members from the group spoke at the meeting Wednesday night. The county gave the shelter nearly $700,000 in funding for pound services this year, according to the Daily Progress.
CASPCA Concerns is asking supervisors for three things: a county board member to sit on the board of directors at the CASPCA, a request to have the shelter's board hold public meetings, and allow the institution of an animal advisory committee to oversee animal care facilities like the CASPCA.
“We're not going away," said Lloyd.
Last month, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspected the shelter. In a five-page report, the state agency cited the SPCA for repeat violations of paperwork missing information required by law.
"It is our hope we will enjoy your support as we work through the troubling issues," said Cross.
The CASPCA board hired the law firm McGuireWoods to handle the third-party investigation. It's expected to take several months.