Two SPCA employees in Central New York at the center of an investigation into financial inconsistencies have beenterminated from their jobs.
Nick Pirro, the agency’s treasurer, reported discovering the inconsistencies earlier this summer, and that he received more information from the agency’s financial institution that prompted the initial request for the DA’s office to investigate.
The case is still currently under investigation, but a spokesperson for the DA’s office said that more details are expected to be released sometime in the next week.
Pirro, a former Onondaga County executive, would not say whether money was missing or how much it might be. In addition, he declined to release the identities of the two employees who were terminated.
However, reports have identified Paul Morgan, the agency’s executive director, as one of the two now former employees who are suspected of stealing more than $100,000 from the agency.
“There is nothing that I’ve ever had to deal with that’s more painful than a broken trust,” Pirro said. “It’s as simple as that. I believe we may be dealing with that situation.”
Anywhere from 8 to 10 million pets end up in shelters across the U.S. each year, but trusting that they will receive adequate care is now a concern for many in light of this case, as well as others that have cropped up recently.
Last week, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office announced it would seek the removal of Lancaster SPCA Director Susan Martin’sposition as humane officer with the organization, as a result of the widely publicized case of Libre the puppy.
This is yet another case of animal cruelty that went ignored as a result of an SPCA official’s negligence.
Reports show that others believe she “conducted her authority to enforce cruelty laws in a substandard fashion” in other cases as well as this one.
Despite her initial resistance to the call for her removal, she has agreed to a revocation of her position as humane officer.
One can only hope the case in Central New York gets resolved in a similar, civil manner.
Pirro said he wants to assure everyone in the public that the agency is working to better protect its finances now and in the future, and encourages continued support of the organization and the animals it cares for.
“And that people still come to adopt,” Pirro said. “We are taking care of 360 animals and the animals are the most important.”