Fort McMurray SPCA suspends employee accused of mistreating dog in organization’s care
The Fort McMurray SPCA says one of its employees has been charged by the RCMP following an investigation prompted by a social media post alleging mistreatment of an animal in the organization’s care.
“Pending the outcome of the charges that have now been filed, the employee identified in this investigation has been suspended from our employment,” the non-profit’s executive director, Arianna Johnson, wrote in a statement posted to the SPCA’s Facebook page Wednesday night.
“The Fort McMurray SPCA, our board of directors, my staff and I take our commitment to the excellent and professional care of the animals in our facility extremely seriously,” she wrote. “When these allegations surfaced on social media, we contacted the RCMP to request an independent investigation be conducted.”
Global News has reached out to the RCMP to find out the name of the accused and what they have been charged with.
According to the Fort McMurray SPCA, the social media post that brought on the investigation appeared online on Aug. 18.
Late Thursday night, the RCMP confirmed a 27-year-old woman is facing a criminal charge in connection with the case.
Lesleigh Louise Russell is charged with one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.
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