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Albany Humane Society director fired after allegations were made against her

Andy Sartiano has been fired because she did not "perform her duties" (Source:WALB) Andy Sartiano has been fired because she did not "perform her duties" (Source:WALB)
Allegations made against Andy Sartiano concerning the treatment of an animal. (Source: WALB) Allegations made against Andy Sartiano concerning the treatment of an animal. (Source: WALB)
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Allegations have been made against the former director of the Albany Humane Society, Andy Sartiano, concerning the treatment of an animal.

The Albany Police Department confirmed it is investigating the allegations.

According to APD, the allegations involved Sartiano reportedly ordering someone to inhumanely get rid of a cat.

Dianne Barlow, President of the Albany Humane Society Board of Directors said Sartiano had been fired because "she did not perform her duties."

APD confirmed there is a written contract between Albany Animal Control, APD, and the Albany Humane Society, which went into effect on July 1, 2017.

According to the contract, APD funds $21,475 to the shelter for animals to be disposed of in a humane manner.

On Tuesday, the human society released the following statement about the incident:

The Board of Directors received a report of possible inappropriate action on the part of the recently hired Executive Director regarding the treatment of an animal.  Following the reported incident, the Executive Director was confronted by the Board and denied any inappropriate action.  At that time, she was provided instructions and guidance on the proper protocol for the treatment of animals.  Additionally, the Executive Director was provided a written list of expectations for the position, and the Board of Directors agreed to a probationary period to allow the Executive Director to demonstrate the ability to meet those expectations.  After failing to meet expectations, the employment relationship was dissolved on August 24, 2017, with approval of the Board of Directors.

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 employment relationship with that employee was immediately dissolved on August 28, 2017.

The Albany Humane Society contacted animal control and provided information regarding the inappropriate treatment of an animal.  The Society has provided the authorities with all requested information and will continue to cooperate with any investigation.

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.

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