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Second employee out at animal shelter

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SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WOLF) -- The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter has fired its long-running humane officer.

That decision about Sandy Scala was made at a board meeting last Tuesday, according to new board president Douglas Boyle.

Scala's attorney Chris Caputo says they got a letter about it Monday, and that she was never interviewed by the board for their investigation.

Boyle says the board reviewed complaints on Facebook and to a hotline before making their decision. Scala had been suspended for about a month with pay.

Caputo says Scala has been hurt by the social media barrage, adding that none of the claims can be substantiated. He says Scala loves the shelter and has been there for about 20 years, and was sworn in as humane police officer in 2013.

Lisa Lowry is now working as a humane officer, and an interim director, Jess Farrell, is also in place. The board expects to finish their investigation by next week.

A new five-member community advisory board has also met several times, Boyle said. The former director, Ed Florentino, resigned last month.

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