Animal shelter executive wouldn’t rescue puppy near death, and people aren’t happy

Hundreds of protesters have called for the resignation of an animal shelter executive director who decided not to rescue a puppy recently found near death.

LNP newspaper reports more than 400 people gathered Sunday outside of the Lancaster County SPCA and demanded Susan Martin’s resignation for not pressing charges against the breeder or approving treatment of the puppy.

The puppy, a Boston terrier now named Libre, was found with severe mange at a southern Lancaster County farm. Rescuers said he was emaciated, dehydrated and barely breathing when he was rescued from the farm, LPN reported.

An SPCA volunteer contacted Martin to rescue the dog July 4.

Martin said she was sick at the time and that her staff veterinarian decided the puppy did not need help after examining a photograph.

The volunteer later sought help elsewhere for the puppy.

The SPCA board released a statement supporting Martin.

The statement further said Martin’s record as a Humane Society police officer “has been exemplary,” noting that she has “investigated hundreds of cases and been able to rescue countless animals from neglectful and abusive situations,” LPN reported.