A former Director of the Humane Society has been arrested for animal cruelty.
The 54-year-old was arrested Wednesday after allegedly telling the employee to break the cat’s neck as a form of euthanasia, per WALB.
Authorities share that the Humane Society is expected to kill animals in a humane manner. In a statement issued in August, the organization explained, "Any mistreatment of animals is completely against the mission of the Albany Humane Society to nurture and improve the health of all animals under the care of the Society in an effort to find the animals a permanent home with a loving and caring family. The Albany Humane Society takes seriously incidents in which protocol with regard to the treatment of animals is not followed, and it advocates for the ethical and humane treatment of all animals.”
The statement also confirmed an act of cruelty did happen, according to the Humane Society: "Upon further investigation following the departure of the Executive Director, the Board of Directors learned that inappropriate treatment of an animal did in fact occur on a single occasion, and the Board determined another employee was involved," the statement read.
As the New York Post shares, Sartiano was fired from her post last month. According to Dianne Barlow, president of the Albany Humane Society’s Board of Directors, she was fired last month because “she did not perform her duties.”
In addition to the charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal, she may face other charges based upon further investigation.
[Photo: Dougherty County Jail, WALB]