Frozen animal investigation turned over to Spencer County prosecutor

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Indiana State Police have completed the investigation into the Spencer County Animal Shelter and have turned over their findings to the prosecutor’s office.

The Spencer County Prosecutor’s Office confirms the findings of the ISP investigation are set to be reviewed. No charges have been filed at this point.

ISP said a detective submitted the investigation to the prosecutor’s office about a week ago.

Volunteers at the Spencer County Animal Shelter reported in August that animals were frozen at the shelter on at least two occasions. 

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed the allegations.

Lead investigator, Detective Chris King said one of those times four kittens were frozen at once. 

County officials later turned over the investigation to Indiana State Police. 

The Spencer County Animal Control Board released a statement acknowledging the practice, and promising to take action.

The full statement from the Board reads:

“The Spencer County Animal Control Board was formed to oversee and set policy for the operation of the Spencer County Animal Shelter. The mission of the shelter is to provide a facility for humane care and treatment of stray and unwanted domesticated animals.The board acknowledges that actions have occurred that are fundamentally opposed to that mission. In response, the Board has carefully reviewed its policies and procedures to address these unacceptable actions.The Spencer County Animal Control Board remains committed to providing humane care and treatment of animals in Spencer County.”

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(This story was originally published September 13, 2018)

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