Two Buffalo Animal Shelter employees have been suspended after a worker allegedly slashed the throat of a pit bull during a holiday party.
The pit bull was treated for his injuries and is recovering and doing well.
The SPCA of Erie County is investigating the incident, and animal cruelty charges may be filed.
The animal shelter’s director was suspended for 30 days because of the incident, but officials confirmed that she was not present at the party. The director said she was extremely upset when she heard about what happened especially since it involved an animal control officer who has worked for the city for 28 years.
An employee who attended the party called the SPCA to report the incident. The pit bull was in his cage when the animal control officer cut him with a box cutter-like device.
The city’s public works commissioner said, “We still don’t know exactly what happened. But we took immediate action, because this is something that’s really upsetting. There’s going to be no leniency here.”
The identity of the man who allegedly injured the dog has not been released, but city officials said he is a veteran animal control officer who has a perfect record.
SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr said she is worried that this unfortunate incident will cast a shadow over the Buffalo Animal Shelter which has a dedicated staff and group of volunteers. Carr doesn’t want other animals to suffer because of something terrible that someone did.
Source: The Buffalo News