Board president of Humane society facing charges after citations issued
RICHLAND TOWNSHIP - Nearly two dozen citations were filed against the Humane Society of Cambria County after a bi-annual inspection in September.
According to paperwork from the Dog Law Enforcement Office, the inspection alleges problems inside the kennel including housekeeping and maintenance issues.
Twenty-one citations were filed. Three counts were for failing to keep the kennel in sanitary and humane conditions and 18 were counts for not having dogs and cats vaccinated for rabies, which according to the warden, is required for any animals on the premises.
Humane Society board president, Tim Burns, called the citations unacceptable and said the board is now working to make changes.
"These are just allegations. Needless to say, we're highly concerned these citations were made," Burns said.
An inspection was done on Sept. 21.
According to the inspection paperwork, citations also allege the kennel had wet floors with hair and food on them, an extremely foul odor of feces and urine when entering the hallway and rodent droppings on the floor in a designated food room.
"These citations are unacceptable," Burns said. We're also going to work with the dog warden to make sure this does not happen again. I mean, these animals should have been vaccinated and the shelter should have been clean."
Burns, a lawyer, said the board is working to make changes at the shelter, one being hiring a new executive director.
"With our new director, we want to make sure we hire a competent director that cares about well-being of animals of our shelter," Burns said.
Meanwhile, paperwork shows burns as the defendant in the case, rather than the shelter's now former executive director, or the kennel itself.
"It should be the Humane Society. I would hope there's not personal vendettas involved in this. If there are, we will find out," Burns said.
6 News called the director of communications of the Dept. of Agriculture, Bonnie McCann, who said the dog warden has the choice to either cite an individual, the kennel, or both.
In this case, McCann said Burns was charged as "he was the one overseeing the facility at the time."
Burns said he'll be representing the shelter and expects a summary hearing to take place in a couple of weeks.