State Police take over Spencer County frozen animal investigation

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Indiana State Police have officially taken over the investigation into the Spencer County Animal Shelter in Chrisney, Indiana.

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Office case report says a detective went to shelter to search for animal remains in freezer but found nothing. Later, a witness emailed him saying management moved the remains.

The report also says one witness reported shelter director Christina Payne asked an underage volunteer to freeze a kitten alive and according to the witness that volunteer did.

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Office already confirmed reports from several witnesses that animals were frozen at the shelter, on at least two occasions, as a form of euthanasia.

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.”

Eyewitness News has tried to contact Board President Joy Zook, shelter director Christina Payne, and the Animal Control Board attorney for more specific actions the board plans on taking in regards to the investigation.

Our messages have not been returned.

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(This story was originally published August 15, 2018)

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